Church group calls for fair polls in Mizoram

Church group calls for fair polls in Mizoram

11:40 PM, October 31, 2018

India(Mizoram): Mizoram goes to polls on November 28.

In poll-bound Mizoram, a church-sponsored poll watchdog has been working to ensure free and fair polls.

Mizoram People’s Forum (MPF), an independent body formed in 2006 by Mizoram Presbyterian Church Synod, the largest Christian denomination in the northeastern state, comprises church elders and members of three prominent organizations of women, senior citizens and young people.

“We issue guidelines for all elections held in Mizoram…,” said Rev. B Sangthanga, senior vice-president MPF. Mizoram goes to polls on November 28.

As per 2011 census, over 87% of Mizoram’s total population of 1.12 million are made up by Christians.

The Mizoram Presbyterian Church (MPC) has nearly 600,000 followers and 1,097 churches across the state.

Last month, leaders of eight national and regional parties contesting the coming assembly polls in the state signed an eight-point memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MPF.

Forum chairman Rev Lalramliana Pachuau, told media that according to the agreement signed with major political parties, candidates and political parties were not to undertake door-to-door canvassing from 23 November.

Political parties can have campaign offices in villages and urban localities, but they should be inexpensive and simple, said another regulaiton agreed by parties.

Source:  Hindustan Times

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