The coordination meeting for Mangkolemba Town Council was held at the customary law court, Mangkolemba, Mokokchung on June 19, 2024.

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Coordination meeting for Mangkolemba Town Council held at the customary law court, Mangkolemba, Mokokchung on 19 June 2024. (APRO Mangkolemba)

Chairman ADC & RO, Mangkolemba, T Lankonsen Tsanglao, highlighted the historic nature of the event as the town’s first participation in a council election since its official recognition. He underscored the importance of municipal elections, calling for a fair and peaceful process to ensure all candidates have an equal opportunity to compete. His address emphasized the need for a level playing field and a tranquil environment to facilitate a free and fair election in Mangkolemba.

SDO(C) & ARO, Hotulo Sema, reiterated the timeless value of humanity, encouraging everyone to maintain a positive mindset to avoid discord in society. He also advised candidates to adhere to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and other election regulations, similar to standard general elections, to ensure a successful and cooperative process that can serve as a positive example for other regions.

EAC Longchem & Sector Magistrate, N Orenthung Kikon, urged urban residents to adopt a new mindset and perspective when selecting their candidate. He also advised the public to be mindful of specific procedures voters must adhere to on election day.

SDPO, Mangkolemba, Rishamo Phillip Yanthan, encouraged the public to promptly report any disruptions during the election process and to remain vigilant in preventing fraudulent voting practices. He also highlighted the new provisions of the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita Act 2023, which has replaced the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Bhartiya Nagrik Suraksha Sanhita Act 2023, which will replace the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and the Motor Vehicle Act.

The event was well-attended by candidates, ward chairpersons, Dobashis, Goanburas, and representatives from civil society.

Demonstration exercise on handling and casting votes on ballot papers conducted

EAC Longchem demonstrated the proper usage of ballot papers in preparation for the forthcoming town council election at GPS Mangkolemba on June 20, 2024. This demonstration coincided with the distribution of Voter’s Information Slips (VIS).

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EAC & Sector Magistrate, Mangkolemba, N Orenthung Kikon illustrating to voters the proper way to use a ballot paper held at Government Primary School, Mangkolemba, Mokokchung on 20 June 2024. (APRO Mangkolemba)

The VIS serves as a helpful document for voters by providing essential information such as their polling station, serial number, and voting dates. It is important to note that although the VIS offers convenience, it does not function as a form of identification and thus cannot be used to gain access to the polling station for voting purposes.

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