The ‘Eastern Nagaland Public Emergency’ control room on Friday directed all tribal bodies in eastern Nagaland not to take part in any electioneering activities such as appointment of polling agents of different political parties, any election-related training, etc.

A notification issued by the eastern Nagaland public emergency control room also asked the tribal bodies not to participate in any government inauguration function till the proposed 28 March eastern Nagaland public meeting is held.

The notification said the directive was issued in view of the public in eastern Nagaland and its subsequent public resolution “not to participate in any central and state election” and to “refrain from casting vote” in protest against non-fulfillment of the government of India’s offer for the creation of Frontier Nagaland Territory before the declaration of the model code of conduct for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. ENPO had on 5 March declared the “public emergency” in eastern Nagaland.

Meanwhile, it was reported that volunteers of tribal bodies, as per the directive of the ENPO, have hoisted black flags on houses and offices in all six districts of eastern Nagaland on Thursday as a sign of resentment against the delay.

Though offices, business establishments and educational institutions remain open, the ENPO is reported to have said that the public emergency would continue and that the black flags would continue to be hoisted across eastern Nagaland.

Mokokchung Times

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