KIM demands ADC election to be held under 6th Schedule
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, April 27 2010: Even as Naga frontal organizations are against the holding of the elections to the six Autonomous District Council (ADC)s under the existing Act in Manipur, an apex body of Kuki frontal organizations in Manipur urged the government to hold the election under provision of the 6th scheduled of the constitution.

Paotinthang Lupheng, information and publicity secretary of Kuki Inpi Manipur, an apex body of Kuki frontal organizations in a press statement here on Tuesday urged the state "to hold elections to six ADCs under the provision of 6th scheduled in rticle 244(2) of the constitution to fulfill the aspiration of the tribal people of Manipur and to protect the integrity of the state".

The statement further said the hill areas committee meeting on April 22 last has resolved "to request the government of Manipur to conduct the election of the district autonomous council as early as possible with extension of the sixth scheduled of the constitution of India".

On Monday,the state Election Department amidst the protest by Naga organizations,had issued notification for the first phase of the two-phase elections to the ADCs of Chandel,Churachandpur and Sadar Hills on May 26 next.

The notification for the second phase will be issued a week later.The ADCs of Senapati,Tamenglong and Ukhrul will be covered in the second phase.

In the first phase, polling will be held at 552 polling stations´┐Ż255 in Churachandpur district, 169 in Sadar Hills and 228 in Chandel district to elect 24 members of each of three ADCs.

The notification issued under sub-rule (2) of Rule 15 of the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils (Election of Members), Rules, 2009 under the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils Act, 2008, an Act which many hill based civil organisations particularly Naga based are demanding rectification before elections are held.

Presently All Naga Students Association Manipur has also been imposing indefinite economic blockade on the national highways 39 and 53 passing through the state since April 17 as part of the protest till date forcing many goods laden trucks stranded at Manipur-Nagaland and Manipur-Assam from time to time until security men escorts back to Imphal.