CTYO calls for prioritising integrity during ULB polls

Chümoukedima, May 25 (MExN): The Chümoukedima Town Youth Organisation (CTYO) today urged all its citizens and intending candidates to prioritize integrity in the upcoming Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections scheduled across Nagaland on June 26.

To this end, it stressed the importance of ethical voting practices and encouraged the community to promptly report any electoral malpractices.

The CYTO will not tolerate any sort of malpractice that undermines the fundamental democratic right of a citizen to vote freely, such as proxy voting, monetary influence, intimidation, or the use of alcohol, it cautioned. 

It further urged all the ward bodies concerned to do away with the practice of declaring “unanimously elected candidates,” terming such practice as dictatorial and deterring the process of a clean and fair election.

Meanwhile, the CTYO also stated that it fully endorses the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) call for indigenous representation in the ULB polls. 

"It is essential to ensure that the voices of our people are not only heard but also authentically represented in decision-making processes," it added.

A press release from the CTYO President Avi Makritsu and General Secretary Letsol Thakro also appealed to all eligible voters of Chümoukedima town to exercise their franchise as the civic polls are being conducted after a gap of 20 years.  "It is high time that representative members are elected to its town council body as it should be rightly done so," it added. The organisation also extended best wishes to all the intending candidates in the upcoming ULB polls.