Silchar Oct. 17: The Election Commission is “not keen” on changing the Mizoram Assembly election date of December 4 despite demands by various church bodies and NGOs to reschedule it.
The Mizoram Presbyterian Synod, the largest Church in Mizoram, other church groups and a few NGOS had objected to the scheduled date since it would clash with a six-day religious assembly of the Synod from December 3.
The commission, however, said rescheduling of the polling date was out of the question since it will create enormous administrative problems. The commission said the other demand of shifting the day of counting from December 8 to any other convenient date could be “reasonably” considered.
Sources in the state election commission said representatives of the Synod, United Pentecostal Church of Mizoram, and another church group called Mizoram Khoran Hruaitute and NGOs Mizoram People’s Forum and Mizoram Central Young Mizo Association had a meeting with chief electoral officer Ashwani Kumar here today.
Sources said Kumar asked the groups to ask people to vote early on the polling date and then attend their congregation so that the problem can be resolved. The joint chief electoral officer, Lalengmawia, told this correspondent the meeting did not yield any positive result as the churches and NGOs had “stubbornly stuck to their demand of rescheduling the poll date”. He said the outcome of today’s meeting would be communicated to the Election Commission in New Delhi.