Conduct it in April-May, says ATRPFM; calls for withdrawal of recommendation
IMPHAL: The All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) on Friday urged the state government and other concerned authorities to withdraw the recommendation for conduct of election in the month of November and conduct it in the month of April or May.
The statement was said by the president of ATRPFM Joseph Rongmei during a press meet held at its Head Office, Nagaram.
Addressing media persons, Joseph Rongmei said that the term of office of the existing ADCs end in the month of May, 2020 and the administrator may extend the term of office only when satisfied that it is necessary in order to avoid administrator difficulty which is just a proviso. He said adding that decision of the Hills Area Committee (HAC) and cabinet to extend the term of office has no basis at all and there is no reasonable ground to extend the term of office.
The president further said that without any reason Cabinet has approved the recommendation of the HAC to extend the term of office which is illegal. HAC is to implement the act in the best interest of the tribal public and not with their own whims and fancy. The term of office of the ADC members shall be five years and shall commence from date of notification of election or nomination, Joseph said.
The forum has submitted a representation dated 12.02.2020 to the Governor, CM, Minister (TA and Hills), Chairman HAC and Chief Electron Officer (CEO), Manipur for conduct of ADC election, 2020 before rainy season, most preferably in the month of April or May, 2020. We received an intimation copy dated 26.02.2020 in the matter from Election Officer (HQ), CEO Manipur addressed to the Secretary, State Election Commission. However, no positive action has been taken by the authorities concerned till date, the president said.
Instead of taking positive action, the Additional Chief Secretary (TA and Hills) has convey to all the CEOs of ADCs on 29.09,2019 and concurrence of Finance Department (PIC) vide UNO no. 218/2019-2020/FD (PIC) dated 21.12.2019 that the state government has approved for filling up of 750 vacant posts at 125 posts in Six ADCs Manipur, Joseph said.
He appealed to the state government to clarify why appointments have to be made just before the election. It is said that the existing ADCs will appoint employees before election and just after the election, the appointment/recruitment may be cancelled by the new ADCs, Joseph said and expressed doubts stating that they have already experienced in the past.
He also questioned on what ground appointment should be made before the election and the motive of the government. He said that no appointment should be made before the election and notification for election has to be issued without any further delayed, failing which the forum will take up a strongest action.
The president also further stated that the existing ADCs have been given sufficient time i.e 5 years to execute developmental works as mandated. However, no tangible works have been executed by them, he said and added that there is no point of extending their period as they have no real objective to work for the people. They have received 13th and 14th Finance but no works have been executed by them. There is no administrative compulsion to extend the period of the existing ADCs. Therefore, election has to be conducted as normal, Joseph said.
He appealed all concerned authorities to withdraw the recommendation for conduct of election in the month of November and conduct the election in the month of April and May. It is said that it is the democratic rights of very candidates to contest the election under any political party, there is no provision under any act to prohibit to contest for a party, Hence, there is no question of partyless election which was recommended by the HAC, concluded the president of ATRPFM.