Feb 21, 2007

Nagalim: “My Vote, My Right”

Protestors took to the streets in Manipur calling for free and fair elections during Nagalim’s final electoral phase to take place on 23 February 2007.

Below is an article published by The Hindu:

Hundreds of people on Tuesday took out a rally in Manipur's Chandel district demanding free and fair poll during the third phase on February 23, official reports said.

The rallyists, including women and students, submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner on Monday, a copy of which was issued to the press on Tuesday.

It said, unidentified militants have been threatening different candidates in Chandel and Tengnoupal Assembly Constituencies and asking people to vote for a particular candidate.

The rallyists marched through important roads with placards that read: "My vote, my right", "Where is our liberty of choice?" and "Stop suppressing our right to vote".

Similar rallies had earlier been taken out in Tamenglong district where militants threatened the people to vote for a particular candidate.

Hill-based social organisation, United Naga Council (UNC), supported by some Naga militants, had put up candidates in 11 constituencies in hill districts of Chandel, Tamenglong, Ukhrul and Senapati.

Suspected Naga militants had been threatening 'other candidates' in these constituencies either to withdraw or retire from the polls, official sources said, adding a prospective independent candidate in Tamenglong constituency Khangthuanang Panmei was kidnapped by militants on Friday.

Panmei was later freed following pressure from different social organisations.

While Ukhrul and Senapati went to polls in the first phase elections on February 8, Chandel and Tamenglong will vote on February 23.