Sunday, September 25, 2022

Clean Election Movement: CCEM, ABAM meet CSOs, village leaders

As part of the Nagaland Baptist Churches Council’s (NBCC’s) Clean Election Movement (CEM), the Chakhesang Clean Election Movement (CCEM) and Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM) organised meetings with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), village leaders and various bodies in their respective areas to create awareness on clean election.
CCEM: Chakhesang Clean Election Movement (CCEM) conducted a two-day meeting with public leaders and church leaders of five Chakhesang areas—Chokri, Chozuba, Khezha-Kuzha Tephe, Secheku and Phek on May 9 and 10 as part of its first phase of awareness programme on clean election.
In a press release, CCEM press secretary informed that the meetings were held at Pfütsero Town Baptist Church, Chizami Town Baptist Church and Phek Town Baptist Church on May 9 and Chozuba Town Baptist Church and Chetheba Town Baptist Church on May 10.
Flags and clean election guidelines were distributed to respective area leaders for wider circulation.
The CCEM core committee comprising of representatives from Chakhesang Baptist Church Council, Chakhesang Public Organization—the apex tribal body and frontal organisations including Chakhesang Mothers’ Association, Chakhesang Youth Front, and Chakhesang Students’ Union organised the two-day tour.
The meetings were attended by village council chairmen, GBs, Village Development Board secretaries, Youth presidents, Women Society presidents, Student leaders, pastors, Area Council chairmen and church workers.
CCEM chairman, Rev. Vezopa Rhakho during the two-day tour observed that except for a few, majority was in favor of the movement and was looking forward for positive change, which he said, was very encouraging.
“We have made the move and we will not step back, no matter what”, he added.
He further appealed to the conscience of every citizen to join in this “very crucial and decisive movement which would define our future.”
ABAM: Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM) organised the third phase of the CEM at Arkakong and Angetyongpang constituencies under Mokokchung district, on May 10, at Longmisa Baptist Church and Chuchuyimlang Baptist Church.
In a press release, ABAM executive secretary, Rev. Dr. Mar Pongener informed that during the meeting, distribution of money, patriotism and open inflow of alcohol and other intoxicating substances were discussed.
The meeting also discussed the need for a paradigm shift in electioneering system in the forthcoming Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) beginning with intending candidates and general public.
The meeting was attended by 190 members from 12 churches, comprising of Church leaders, Village Council, Langpangkong Tsükong Mungdang (highest apex body of the range), and other apex bodies.
It may be mentioned that earlier, the Clean Election Movement with apex bodies of Mokokchung town and Impur constituency was conducted on separate occasions.
ABAM also informed that it would continue covering all the constituencies under Mokokchung district.

Members of ABAM, representatives of CSOs and others after the CEM campaign.