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NBCC youth organize statewide clean poll rally

Correspondents/Staff Reporter KOHIMA, DIMAPUR, MOKOKCHUNG, TUENSANG, NOV 3 (NPN)
Published on 4 Nov. 2012 12:34 AM IST
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Hundreds of people across Nagaland, participated in the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) youth department’s ‘Clean Election’ rally Saturday despite Naga Students’ Federation’s (NSF) appeal for postponing the programme.

Kohima: Over 500 people gathered at Kohima Local Ground for the rally organized by NBCC youth department in collaboration with NBCC clean election working committee, Angami Baptist Church council youth department and Kohima Baptist youth fellowship.

Nagaland deputy chief electoral officer N. Moa Aier who participated in the rally appealed to all not to be “victims of money and muscle powers” during the elections.
Convener of NBCC committee on clean election Dr. Hovithal Sothu clarified that NBCC’s movement on clean election was not only for the forthcoming elections but for many more elections to come. He called upon the youth to choose “principled, God fearing and people of integrity” as leaders of the state rather than persons with power and money.

Youth Net director Hekani Jakhalu who also addressed the gathering urged the youth to make a personal commitment to be proactive in the fight against all evil and immoral practices in the state, especially during the elections.

The rally participants took a pledge to honour the freedom of choice, not to indulge in substance abuse, sexual immorality and in any form of corrupt activities that were not in tune with Christian principles during election.

Dimapur: In Dimapur, over a 100 youth turned out to participate in the rally held at Clock Tower Saturday.   
The rally was organized jointly by Western Sumi Baptist Churches Association, Nagaland Police Baptist Churches Association and Baptist Youth Fellowship Dimapur.

Speaking at the rally, additional chief election commissioner Lithrongla said NBCC’s initiative on clean election was a blessing to the Nagas and that the campaign was aimed at creating awareness among the people for all elections. “There is corruption in all elections, even huge amount of money has been spent in student organizations’ election, so we have to clean up this”, Lithrongla said.

She asked the youth to enroll themselves as voters if they wanted to participate in democracy.
Lithrongla also pointed out that enrolling incorrect age just to vote in the electoral photo identity card (EPIC) would hamper the youth in the professional career as EPIC would become their “identity” in future.

NDO NBCC director Dr. Hukashe said NBCC’s objective was not to point finger at any leaders but to encourage them to act with responsibility on behalf of the people.
He further added that NBCC has also prepared clean election guidelines for the general public, church workers and Christian ministers, Naga national workers, political parties and candidates, youth and security personnel.

Mokokchung: NBCC Youth department’s clean election rally was held here under the aegis of ABAM YD. The participants including school students gathered at the Imkongmeren Sports Complex and proceeded to the town’s main square (Police Point) holding placards some of which read “Say No to Proxy Voting, Today You Support, Tomorrow They Serve, Don not Sell Your Vote, One Man One Vote” etc, where a programme was also conducted.

ABAM executive secretary Rev. Dr. Mar Atsongchanger while speaking on the occasion stressed that the purpose of this campaign was to raise voices against corruption in election. He encouraged the youngsters to be the agent of change and said that unless one was courageous enough, there could not a change in the society.

DC Mokokchung Muroho Chotso said though Nagaland is a Christian state, it was the Christian public and the society who were involved in violence during election. He also added that there was numerous instance of violence in the past during election but expressed his hope that this time around it would not be repeated.

Also AKM president N. Akok Lkr and vice president of Mokokchung Town, Lanur Telongjem Imkummeren spoke at the rally. A special song was presented by Sungkomen Baptist Church while the keynote address was delivered by Rev. Dr. Imti Lkr, ABAM YD secretary.

Tuensang: Thousands of youth including students and people from various walks of life participated at the youth rally on ‘clean election’ here at public ground Tuensang.   Highlighting on the model code of conduct on election,   T. Mhabemo Yanthan, DC Tuensang said that the rally intended to provide a level playing field for all political parties, to keep the election ‘free, fair and healthy’ and avoid clashes and conflicts between parties besides ensuring peace in the region. 

He also said that no party or candidate should indulge in any activity which could aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or tension between different communities based on religion or language.

TTBC pastor Sangkup urged the people to ‘tell the truth’ so as to bring a positive change amongst the people and society. Also speaking at the youth rally, CBLT executive secretary L. Ongmang emphasized on the important role of politics, government and election in a Christian state, where he said that the government  was “God institution”  and God  has ever right  to direct his institution.

Earlier, the youth rally was chaired by L. Moa CBLT, which was organized by Nagaland Baptist Church Council. The programme started with an invocation prayer by Atiking president BYFT.

Mon: Along with the rest of the districts, clean election rally was also held at Mon at the private bus station. The programme was organized by Konyak Baptist Bumeinok Bangjum (KBBB).

While delivering a keynote address of the programme, KBBB executive secretary Chemyuh Konyak said that the present election practices in Nagaland has become a root cause of corruption in the Naga society affecting even the Church and the family.

According to a DIPR report, Chemyuh Konyak said Nagaland being a Christian state has become a victim of corruption and therefore election in Nagaland becomes a spiritual issue compelling the Churches in the state to fight for corruption to bring positive change in the Christian Naga society. He informed that clean election meant fighting for the truth and to educate the electorates to maintain Christian value and principles in the elections.

Chemyuh also pointed out that corruption started with false E/Rolls and selling of the rights to the candidate before the election.
Rev. Yeangphong, convenor of clean election KBBB in his short speech highlighted model code of conduct with reference to Christian value. KBBB women secretary Mrs. Ashim highlighted the role of women in clean election. KBBB youth secretary Poangba said that it was the duty of the youth to implement the election rules with true spirit of Christianity.

Jalukie: Clean election rally was held at Jalukie, main town. The programme was chaired by Ndazeung and invocation was pronounced by D. Anui, pastor Samzuiram Baptist Church.
According to a DIPR report, Pastor Mongzeung Mpom, member of NBCC clean election working committee, in his short speech said that changing our date of birth, proxy voting, selling of vote etc. were “sin” and was destroying the society. “If we want to see the changes in our society, we should stand for truth, there should not be money power, no alcohol power, no physical power”, he said.
Rev. H.M. Gonmei, RBA executive secretary, also gave a short speech. Special song was presented by Christian School Hostellers. Various schools, public, church leaders, NGOs, traders etc. participated in the clean election rally. 

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