Congress delegation from Mizoram meets CEC on poll schedule

By: admin
Updated: 21 Oct 2013 07:03 AM

Aizawl: A Congress delegation from
Mizoram today met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) VS Sampath in New
Delhi on the demands of churches, civil societies and political parties in
the state for a change in the dates of polling and counting of votes in
the upcoming Assembly polls.

Lok Sabha MP C L Ruala, who led the three-member delegation, said over
phone that they met the CEC and top officials of the Commission for about
half-an-hour today.

"We told the CEC that we wanted change of poll date from December 4 to
November 25 and the date of counting from December 8 to December 6," he
said, expressing optimism that the ECI would take a favourable decision on
the issue.

The Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee delegation, besides Ruala,
comprised of MLA and former state minister Nirupam Chakma and state PCC
general secretary C Lalruata.

Churches, NGOs and political parties wanted the change in the polling date
as it falls on the day when the Presbyterian Church is having its highest
decision-making conference, the Synod, between December 3 and 8.

The United Pentecostal Church Mizoram (UPC-Mizoram) is also scheduled to
have its annual general conference during the same period which would
result in thousands of people including priests unable to exercise their

The proposed counting day, December 8, falls on a Sunday, the sacred day
for majority of Christians, who had appealed that the day be changed to
any day except Sunday and Saturday, the holy day for some denominations
like the Seventh Day Adventist Church.