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MVC to boycott town council polls

Published on 27 Dec. 2016 11:45 PM IST
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Warns all intending candidates not to file nominations

Reacting to the State Election Commission’s (SEC) notification for conduct of civic polls, Medziphema Village Council (MVC) on Tuesday reaffirmed that the council would not allow holding of the Town council polls with 33% women reservation within its jurisdiction. 
In a press note, MVC chairman Neikhonyu Kuotsu and secretary Khriengulie Kapo stated that the council stood firm on its earlier resolution, to ban the conduct of civil polls in its soil unless the provision of the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001, amended in 2006, to give 33% women reservation in civic polls was deleted.
In this regard, MVC warned all interested/intending candidates not to file nominations for Medziphema town council elections. 
“If any individual files nomination for the same in contravention to the village council resolution, he/she should also be ready to bear the consequences at his/her own risk and peril,” the council stated.
However, Medziphema Village Council has also made it clear that it was not against holding of Town Council election, but was against reservation of seats for women.  
It stated that its decision was in the interest of Naga customary and traditional practices and the special position of the Nagas under the Indian constitution. 
MVC also observed that incorporation of women reservation in Naga public institutions was totally against the traditional and social practices of the Nagas. The counicl also hit out at the state government for going against the wishes and expectation of the people by notifying the date of the Urban Local Body/Town Counicl election. 
Despite stiff opposition from various quarters and appleas made by tribal bodies against the cabinet’s decision to hold civic polls with 33% women reservation, the government chose to go ahead. “The government is expected to listen to the wishes of the people but instead, it had decided to overrule the wishes and expectations of the people by notifying the date of the elections,” MVC stated. 
It may be mentioned that the state government through SEC on December 21 notified that general election to municipal councils and town councils would be held on February 1, 2017. 

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