No transportation for Bru voters, NGOs appeal to political parties

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AIZAWL, Nov 18 (Newmai): NGO Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of major civil society organizations and students bodies in Mizoram, has appealed to all political parties and candidates not to arrange transport facilities for Bru voters in Tripura when the latter come to cast their votes inside Mizoram.

A press statement issued by the committee on Sunday said that the Election Commission and Mizoram People’s Forum (MPF), a church sponsored poll watchdog strictly prohibited arrangement of transport facilities to ferry voters from one place to their respective polling stations.

“We appeal to all political parties and candidates not to arrange transport facilities for Bru voters to transport them from relief camps to Mizoram,” the committee said in a statement.

The statement also said that all political parties are expected to respect the election commission’s model code of conduct and honour the memorandum signed with the MPF for ensuring free and fair elections.

The committee further appealed to all political parties to act in fairly manner so that the upcoming assembly election is held under fair and peaceful atmosphere.

There are more than 11,500 Bru voters in Tripura.

The Election Commission is planning to set up polling booths for the displaced Bru people at Kanhmun village in Mizoram’s Mamit district adjoining Tripura, around a two-hour drive from the relief camps where the Bru community lives, according to officials.

The Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had told reporters that he hoped that the Bru voters would exercise their franchise at Kanhmun though a final decision is yet to be made by the commission.

Civil society groups in Mizoram demanded that the Bru voters should be asked to cast their votes inside Mizoram as they are residents of the state.

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