Ao Senden Friday reiterated that unless the contents of the Municipal Act was re-amended, which was detrimental to the culture and customs of the Ao people, it would not allow the state government to conduct the municipal election in the name of development.
After much deliberation on the issue at the meeting with the stakeholders on September 2 at Ongpangkong Salang, Mokokchung town, the Ao Senden has resolved to its earlier stand, said Ao Senden president, Imolemba Jamir and general secretary, S Panger Ao in a press statement.
They stated that ever since state government tried to implement the Nagaland Municipal election, it has been pressurising the government to redress the said act. According to the release, as non-acceptance of the Act, the Aos under the jurisdiction of Mokokchung district refrained to conduct town and Municipal elections for the last ten years. “And, with understanding the said Act, the remaining other tribes and districts of Nagaland had debarred the Town and Municipal election for the last 5 (five) years”, the release said.
However, Ao Senden said that state government was contemplating to implement the said Act by conducting election and “for which there are various acceptance voices from different corner/organisation”.
Therefore, Ao Senden resolved to pressurise the state government to re-amend and redress the said act, which was totally against the interest of the people as laws/acts were meant for the people. To this end, the Senden suggested that the state government by using the power to legislate and re-amend could easily re-amend the said article, which was contradictory and anti-people. At the meeting, the house also lamented on the non-sincerity of the elected members for simply legislating the said act against the aspirations of the people, the release stated.