ATSUM serves deadline on February 10 to reschedule poll

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Imphal: All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) served a deadline on February 10 to consider the appeal from various civil society organisations and church organisations of rescheduling the February 27 polling.

The student’s body strongly condemned Election Commission of India for declining to reschedule the polling of February 27 to another day as conduction of polling on Sunday has invited serious objection from the civil society organisations and church organisation in the state.

In a press statement the student body said most of the tribal people and thousands of Meitei Christians have taken it as an affront to the Christian community as it has badly hurt their religious sentiment.

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It said the student’s organisation had already pointed out that the decision to conduct the poll on Sunday would prevent many citizens from casting their votes as Sunday is a day for rest and worship, and is also considered holy and sacred. Since the election commission espouses participation of all eligible citizens to exercise their adult franchise, ATSUM had opined that it would be in everyone’s interest if the election commission reschedules the polling on a day which will allow maximum people to cast their votes, which will in turn promote the democratic standard of the country, it added.

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The state government has also failed to understand the wish and desire of the Christian community of the state. It said the polling date in Punjab has already been rescheduled with the active support of the state government. However, the state government in Manipur fails to exert enough pressure to the election commission.

ATSUM will make an adverse decision which will be detrimental to the smooth conduct of the ensuing election if the election commission failed to consider the appeals of the CSOs and Church organisations on or before February 10.

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