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KSA renews non-local identification call
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 30 2018: Citing the case of neighbouring Assam where exhaustive drive is going on to identify non-local people after the publication of a draft NRC, the Kangleipak Students' Association (KSA) has urged the State Government to launch a similar exercise to identify all non-local people and delete their names from the electoral roll.

A statement issued by KSA further urged the State Government to work sincerely on enacting a legislation which prohibits non-local people from contesting elections in the State.

As an outcome of the sustained campaign undertaken by the people of Manipur and KSA to identify non-local people, delete their names from electoral roll and reserve eight Assembly segments namely Thangmeiband, Uripok, Sagolband, Kangpokpi Sugnu, Bishnupur and Jiribam for indigenous people of the land, a meeting was held at the CM Secretariat with Chief Minister N Biren on August 25 last year.

Even as the Chief Minister agreed to entrust the task of identifying non-local people to the DCs who would compile a report within three months, remove names of non-local people enlisted in the electoral roll fraudulently and convene an all political parties' meeting to discuss the demand of reserving Assembly seats for indigenous people, none of these points of agreement have been translated into action till date, KSA lamented.

Whereas there is no respite to the incessant influx of nonlocal people and some of them have been elected as people's representatives, the State Government has been acting deaf and blind.

Such irresponsible attitude of the Government will infuriate the masses and it will certainly invite a tumultuous situation in the State, warned the students' body.

Citing the case of deletion of 910 ineligible voters who were enlisted in the electoral roll using forged birth certificates in some places of Thoubal district by the then newly appointed CEO on November 22, 2016, the KSA blamed insincerity on the part of political leaders and officials concerned for the incessant influx and overwhelming presence of non-local in many Assembly segments of the State.

On incessant enrolment of non-local people in the State's electoral roll, it cited the case of Thangmeiband AC.

According to the students' body, there are 484 non-local voters against 73 local voters in Thangal Bazar Part 1 (A) of Thangmeiband AC.

The corresponding figures in Thangal Bazar Part 1(B), Thangal Bazar Part 2(A), Thangal Bazar Part 2(B), Thangal Bazar Part 3 (A) and Thangal Bazar Part 3 (B) are 659 and 32, 676 and 101, 706 and 63, 505 and 8 and 271 and 108 respectively.

Saying that they have been keeping silent in view of BOSEM's Class X exam and COHSEM's Class XII exam, it conveyed that the State Government's stoic silence has been stretching its patience beyond limits.


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