first phase of Sun polls, church body requests date change | Imphal News

Imphal: After Tribal Civil Bodies, the Opposition Congress and All Manipur Christian Organization (AMCO) appealed to the Electoral Commission (EC) to postpone the polling date of the first phase of the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. State assembly, February 27, which is a Sunday and the day of prayer for Christians.
The election for Manipur’s 60 assembly constituencies will be held in two phases – February 27 and March 3. The 20 seats reserved for the tribes provided for in the hill districts are predominantly Christian.
The incumbent Manipur CPC Chairman and Main Legislature, K Meghachandra Singh, has called on the EC to change the date of the first poll to any other day except Sunday.
“Sunday is a holy day for the Christian community. We have prepared a letter to send to the Electoral Commission today asking them to postpone the day,” Meghachandra told reporters during a press conference at the state party headquarters in Imphal on Monday.
Meanwhile, in a statement, AMCO expressed despair saying Sunday’s date has hurt the religious feelings of Christians.
The top Christian body has expressed concern that a large number of Christian voters will abstain from exercising their right to vote on February 27. He called on the EC to respect the religious sentiments of the Christian community by postponing the date.
Manipur Unity NPF Chairman and Forestry and Environment Minister Awngbow Newmai had on Friday expressed the party’s wish to change the date. He said the date of February 27, if seen from the perspective of the secular structure of the country which protects and respects all religions and sects, harms the spirit of secularism.
The All Tribal Students Union of Manipur (ATSUM) and Kuki Inpi Manipur have recently urged the election authorities to postpone the date of the first phase vote. According to ATSUM, Tribals constitute about 43% of the state’s population.

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