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NCF pledges for clean election
DIMAPUR, JUN 28 (NPN):
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Published on 29 Jun. 2009 12:18 AM IST
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Against the backdrop of widespread electoral malpractices in Nagaland, the Nagaland Christian Forum has pledged to work towards a ‘Clean Naga Society’ through a ‘Clean Election Campaign’ and urged upon all churches to join hands to build efficient Committee Network to monitor elections. The NCF during its consultative body meeting said the visible fact about the Naga society was that bribery was getting justified and receiving bribe had become a culture with satirical note. NCF president, Rev. Zhabu Terhüja and secretary, Fr. George Keduolhou in a joint statement pointed out that corruption had become a menace in the state election processes where a large section of the people have fixated their concept and attitude that “More money means – sure victory in election. Less money means – sure defeat in election.” As a forum, the NCF said it was taking up initiative to stop power and money play in elections in the state. Toward this effort, the Forum expressed optimism that citizens who were concerned for a fair and just environment would stand by it. It expressed firm view that election was good but a dangerous weapon used to destroy oneself. The NCF said Naga society had reached a stage where concerned citizens say, “We cannot have another election like this” and politicians say, “We cannot feed people anymore.” Stating that the time has come for Nagas to enjoy “ownership of election,” the NCF said no external agencies would help them unless they begin to claim the ‘ownership’ themselves. The NCF emphasized on the need for the churches in Nagaland, which it said have not done enough to eradicate corruption, to join and build up efficient committee network to monitor election. “With faith, hope and love, the task and goal is achievable,” it added.

 
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