Aizawl, Sept 23: Major civil societies like CYMA and student bodies on Wednesday strongly slammed the Election Commission of India (ECI) for its instruction to the government of Mizoram to conduct special summary revision of Bru voters’ lists in the six relief camps in Tripura.
Slamming the ECI directive, General Secretary of the central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) Vanlalruata said that even Mizos from Mizoram, who were working outside, unless they came to the state during elections, were not allowed to exercise franchise, and there was no ground to grant special allowance to the Brus staying in six relief camps in Tripura to cast their franchise by postal ballots.
One of the largest student bodies in Mizoram, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) also expressed objection to the instructions of the ECI.
The student body in a statement said that it would by no means agree with the decision of ECI to conduct special summary revision at six relief camps in Tripura for those Brus who declined to come back to Mizoram despite repeated calls by the central and state government.
MZP also slammed the ECI as giving undue favour to the Bru who in spite of best efforts by the center and state government have dismantled the repatriation process. “Those Bru remaining in the in the Tripura relief camps were those who refused to return despite several attempts by the centre and the state government and also despite warm welcome from the Mizo people”, MZP said in a statement, adding that it would oppose any move to implement the instruction of the ECI.
The Election Commission issued the instruction to the state election department on September 14 to conduct special summary revision of Bru voters’ lists in the six relief camps in Tripura.
speaking to media State Joint Chief Electoral Officer F. J. Liantluanga said the state government has forwarded the instruction from the ECI to the District Electoral Officers (Deputy Commissioners) of Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei districts to take necessary action.
He added that those descendants of Bru refugees enrolled in the Mizoram’s voters lists in 1995 who would attain the age of 18 on 1st January , 2016 would be registered by the election officials while holding hearings in the relief camps.