Friday, December 2, 2022

NBCC flays declaration of ‘consensus candidates’

Taking strong exception to the declaration of consensus candidates by villages and groups, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council’s (NBCC) Core Committee for Clean Election Movement (CEM) expressed dismay that their appeal for clean election have been whimsically brushed aside when election is scheduled.
NBCC had stated this by citing that the declaration of a consensus candidate by Chungtia village in Mokokchung district, had reached Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench.
NBCC’s convenor CEM Dr Villo Naleo and co-convener Rev N Suhuto Chishi said they were appalled that such practices are still prevailing among public, adding that such a practice was against the election code of conduct.
While condemning all such declarations either by villages or groups, the CEM expressed the belief that local church leaders would pave the way in leading the believers in building a just society. However, CEM said that more than just the declarations, the approval of such declaratiosn by the society and civil society organisations were even more discouraging. CEM said such resolutions made a village council was punitive, dismissive and unthinkable.
Further, CEM said in principle, village councils were mandated to be inclusive, restorative and mediating agents for any differences that could arise.
The signatories expressed the hope that the church and village councils will be more vigilant in the future so that such decisions do not recur
They also appealed to media groups to filter out such declarations and avoid publication as they were divisive and unconstitutional.
CEM also expressed the hope that its notice would serve as an admonishment and also cautioned various organisations to be more vigilant while welcoming public to be part of CEM.

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