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SEC appeals to conduct ULB elections in free and fair manner

By EMN Updated: May 09, 2024 8:29 pm

DIMAPUR — The State Election Commissioner (SEC), T John Longkumer, has appealed to conduct elections to the municipal and town councils in the state in a free and fair manner within the bounds of law and Act as per relevant statutory provisions, rules and regulations.

Nagaland government has enacted the Nagaland Municipal Act 2023 to provide for, inter alia, the framework for the conduct of municipal and town council elections and, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Act, framed the Nagaland Municipal Election Rules 2023 to regulate the conduct of elections and its adherence by all concerned.

In this regard, Section 41, 42 and 43 of the said Act expressly laid down the qualification as also the disqualification and eligibility provisions for all citizens, who are otherwise eligible and qualified or do not suffer from any disqualification conditions as provided therein, for being a member of a municipal/ town council ward and/ or to vote at the election.

It further stated that Rule 22 read with sub-rule (1), (3) and (4) of Rule 23 of the Nagaland Municipal Election Rules 2023 clearly outlined the regulations whereby a person can vote or stand in election or be nominated as a candidate.

Other than what is explicitly laid down in the Act, rules or instructions and directions issued from time to time by the Commission, any violation thereof or any deviation from the established statutes, rules or instructions by making extraneous rules/ regulations by any groups/ individuals or municipality wards in conflict with those legally laid down not only vitiates and undermines the electoral process and level playing field but also renders such contravention unlawful and liable to penal action as per relevant provisions of the law.

In light of the above, all the deputy commissioners and the returning officers are to ensure that the conduct of elections to the municipal/ town councils in the respective districts operate within the laid down provisions of the Nagaland Municipal Act 2023, the Nagaland Municipal Election Rules 2023 as enunciated above and under relevant guidelines as are made applicable through manuals/ instructions/ directions that the Commission has issued/ issue from time to time.

Further, they are to ensure that other than those expressly laid down by the government and the Commission, any extra-statutory rules and regulations made and adopted by any other groups/ associations/ municipality wards insofar as it curtails/ deprives the rights and eligibility of an otherwise eligible ward resident to vote or to stand in the current or future municipal/ town council elections are effectively checked and not allowed to vitiate and undermine the electoral process.

It further urged to take up necessary actions in this regard for compliance by all.

By EMN Updated: May 09, 2024 8:29:00 pm
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