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EC lauds church council

Kohima, Jan. 29: The Election Commission has lauded the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) for its unique initiative to ensure clean elections in the state. Hovithol Sothu, convener of the clean election campaign, briefed the visiting poll panel officials this evening at a hotel here about the purpose of the baptist church’s campaign.

The NBCC has declared February 1 as prayer and fasting day throughout the state, which would be followed by meeting top leaders of Naga militant groups and political leaders to apprise them of the need to have clean elections in the state. He said leaders of all top political parties have agreed to meet the officials of NBCC and discuss how to conduct free and fair elections.

Sothu said the church wanted to convert the election process into a spiritual one through the 1,950 Baptist churches in the state.

A DVD, which has a one-hour play on Clean Election, has been screened in all the churches.

The NBCC has also asked the church to organise a common platform for candidates in the constituencies to restrict door-to-door campaign and avoid dealings between candidates and voters.

Impressed by the initiative of the Baptist church, director-general of expenditure and monitoring cell of election commission P.K. Das congratulated the NBCC and added that such initiatives would not go in vain. Deputy election commission Sudhir Tripathi also lauded the NBCC.

The officials said all efforts would be made to curb anomalies.