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ENPO informs SEC of its decision to abstain from ULB polls

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DIMAPUR, MAY 15: The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO) has informed the State Election Commissioner of its decision to abstain from participating in the ULB elections.
In a letter written on Wednesday, the ENPO reminded the SEC its decision taken on March 19 to reaffirm its commitment to the ‘Chenmoho Resolution’, wherein the ENPO had resolved not to participate in any Central and State elections in protest of the delay in creating Frontier Nagaland Territory as offered and assured by the Ministry of Home Affairs on December 7, 2023, i.e., to be settled before the announcement of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) to the Lok Sabha elections.
“However, despite numerous reminders through letters and mass public rallies, the MHA turned its deaf ear and finally MCC was announced by the ECI ~ which is why the Eastern Nagaland populace feels compelled to take this course of action as a means of expressing our collective discontentment.
“It is imperative to underscore that the decision to abstain from participating in any Central and State electoral process is not taken lightly. It reflects the sentiments and aspirations of the Eastern Nagaland people who have tirelessly advocated for our rights and aspirations within the framework of democratic governance”, the letter read.
The ENPO also clarified that its abstention should not be misconstrued as opposition to Nagaland Municipal Act 2023 with 33% seat reservation for women.
“We would like to emphasise that this decision is not intended as an act of defiance against the electoral machinery or the principles of democracy. Rather, it is a principled stance taken within the framework of the Constitution of India aimed at drawing attention to the legitimate grievances and aspirations of the Eastern Nagaland people.
“We remain hopeful that both the Government of India and Government of Nagaland will heed to our concerns and take concrete steps towards addressing the longstanding issue of the Frontier Nagaland Territory. In light of the above, we kindly request the State Election Commissioner, State of Nagaland to take note of our decision and make necessary arrangements to accommodate our abstention from the upcoming ULBs elections in the State”, it stated.
(Page News Service)