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NSF re-affirms election of Nagas by blood to ULBs; appeals electorates to be wise


KOHIMA, JUNE 12: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today appealed to the Naga people to use their wisdom in electing indigenous Naga candidates to be in the decision making bodies of the municipal and town councils in their respective areas.
Addressing a press conference at its office in Naga Solidarity Park here today, NSF vice president Mtseisuding and general secretary Chumben Khuvung said that as the elections approach, the NSF underscores the necessity of ensuring that the voices and aspirations of the indigenous Naga populace are authentically represented in all decision-making processes,
The Naga people have a rich history and vibrant culture that are intricately woven into the fabric of the governance structures, they said, adding that central to this governance is the observance of customary laws and traditional practices, which are not merely symbolic gestures but are the very essence of Naga identity.
The NSF emphasized the critical need to elect individuals who embody and respect these traditions and also the need for electing Nagas by blood and not adoption, he said.
The NSF staunchly advocates that contesting in the ULB elections be reserved exclusively for indigenous Naga individuals of Nagaland State, Khuving said, adding that candidates must be Nagas by blood, not by adoption.
Furthermore, the NSF also asked for exclusion of women married to non-locals and their children from contesting in these elections.
The Federation, without wanting to directly identify the candidates, said at least 3 candidates in Dimapur and Kohima have filed nominations despite not being Nagas by blood and also females married to non-Nagas.
Asked if action would be initiated against such candidates, the NSF leaders affirmed that they do not want any untoward incident to occur but leave it to the wisdom of the people to elect the indigenous Naga candidates in the respective wards.
“We appeal to the electorates to use their wisdom on the day of poll and send the indigenous Naga candidates to be in the decision making bodies of local self governance and thereby protect the tradition and culture of the Nagas”, the NSF said.
The NSF also affirmed that they would soon submit a representation to the State Government with its stand of Nagas by blood in the ULBs.
NSF secretary publicity & information Pithungo Shitio and secretary social & culture Kaisu Chakre were also present during the media interaction.
(Page News Service)