ACAUT calls for ‘deletion’ of bogus entries in electoral roll

DIMAPUR, MARCH 28 (MExN): The Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland has called for the deletion of all bogus and multiple entries of names in the state electoral roll.  

A press note from the ACAUT Nagaland media cell state that inflated electoral roll is the “root cause of all corruption in the state.” It informed that as per the Nagaland State Chief Electoral Officer, the total number of voters has been reduced by almost 2 lakh to 11, 74,633 lakh as of 2015, “making Nagaland probably the only state in India to have negative electoral growth rate.”  

“According to calculations done by the ACAUT Nagaland, the true total voter list of Nagaland cannot be more than 7 lakh and if the State Election Commission carries out electoral revision to its logical conclusion, not less than 4 lakh names would still be deleted in the state,” it claimed.  

The ACAUT Nagaland called upon all sections of society to co-operate with special emphasis on the churches to give their correct membership figures to the State Election Commission, “since the churches are the true repository of correct Naga population.”

  It further asked the Commission not to “half-heartedly implement any directives from the ECI.” It rather proposed that Nagaland State “should be a pilot project for the ECI to formulate its clean electoral agenda.”  

It appealed to the pastors of all the Churches in Nagaland to start a campaign to delete bogus and multiple entries of names in their respective villages in the true Christian spirit. “Corrupted electoral roll will only beget corrupt leaders and therefore, Christian pastors should exercise the enormous moral authority at their disposal and ensure the success of the Clean Election Campaign,” it said.