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LTBL, KBC, CSU programme on ‘clean election’

Published on 27 Oct. 2017 12:36 AM IST
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A seminar on clean election-cum-mosaic of praise was organised by Longkhim Town Baptist Lithro (LTBL) on October 25 at Longkhim Town under the theme “role of youth in politics”.
Addressing participants from various schools, churches, youths and citizens of Longkhim town, resource person, P. Achumse, while speaking on the theme, lamented that the “mess which has been accumulated over the years is eroding the good governance”. Therefore, he said clean election and active participation of youth in politics was vital for re-structuring the system. 
Achumse said critical development effort cannot succeed without a legitimate and democratically elected government that was responsive and accountable to its citizens.
Urging the youth to be sensible and responsible, he said for the system to change youth should have the courage to take a stand against the corrupt electoral practices. He added that youth should refuse to be used as an agent of political tool for corrupt leaders. Achumse said “youth participation is an important step towards empowerment and re-asserting the trampled voice.”
More than 700 citizens from different walks of life took part in the programme where around 100 youth took “clean election pledge” to desist from selling of vote and from electoral malpractices. 
Koliba Sangtam, winner Naga Orphus Hunt and Sepongla, winner of Eastern Voice Hunt enthralled the gathering. 
 Highlights of the clean election were delivered by Longkhim Town Baptist Lithro Associate Pastor, Likhum and vote of thanks was delivered by Sangtam Longkhim Town Baptist Lithro Pastor, Thsadongse. (Correspondent)
KBC: Kigwema Baptist Church (KBC) conducted “clean election programme” and Baptist Youth Department choral competition on October 22 wherein 13 villages under Southern Angami region participated.
In a press release, Nagaland Volunteer Consumers Organization (NVCO) press and media cell, informed that legal advisor Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) & NVCO, president, Kezhokhoto Savi, while speaking as the speaker, deliberated on how “Naga society was facing moral deterioration where honesty and truthfulness have been thrown out of the window.”
He said Naga society was on a “mad pursuit of amusements, pleasure and immorality and the more evil forceful ahead of us is 2018 State General Assembly”. He then highlighted the need for spiritual awakening and revival in men and women and turn to God. 
While speaking on clean election, he said that impact of past elections have fractured Naga values and brought painful relations among families, clans, and villages to the extent of affecting church congregation. 
He said that Church needed to play a more proactive role to transform society and heal the land. 
CSU: Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) in its first presidential council meeting on October 21 at Chakhesang Baptist Church, Kitsubozou had a threadbare discussion on various points and issues and adopted few resolutions for implementation.
In a press release, CSU president, Dode Nakro, informed that with the approach of general election and in accordance with the clean election guidelines and also being part of the core committee agent of the Chakhesang Clean Election Movement (CCEM), the house unanimously resolved to fully support the CCEM for the betterment and for the larger interest of the Chakhesang community in particular and the Nagas in general. 
The house also resolved to organize a sensitization programme as part of creating awareness of the clean election guidelines to the students’ in particular and the entire people of the respective villages.
 In this regard, CSU has endorsed all its affiliated unit students’ union to initiate the proposed sensitization programme in their own jurisdiction and to carry out their initiative through print media.
In pursuance with the CCEM and NBCC clean election guidelines, the house expressed its discontentment over those units failing to do their part to adhere and abide by the given guidelines. In this regard, the house resolved to restrict its unit to declare any sort of mass support to any particular candidate in collaboration with village authority or any organization. CSU stated that signing in the declaration was a direct violation of the guidelines and was liable for penalty. 
Further, CSU has directed its entire affiliated unit to withdraw such deceleration at the earliest in the eventuality of any affiliated units having violated guidelines. CSU also stated that failing to comply with the directive the union would take its own course of action if it detected such declaration without any further notice.
The meeting also decided that 70th general conference would be hosted by Kütsapo Students’ Union (KSU) during January, 2018.

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