Aizawl: In a display of unity, all political parties, civil society organisations, and student associations in Mizoram have jointly sent a letter to the Election Commission of India, urging the central poll panel to reconsider the date for counting votes in the upcoming elections for the 40-member state legislative assembly.
In a coordinated effort led by the central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA), all political parties and civil society groups have come together to request a change in the counting date, currently scheduled for December 3, as it falls on a Sunday, a sacred day for Christians.
The appeal, addressed to Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, calls upon the ECI to reschedule the counting date from December 3 to a day that does not coincide with a Sunday or Saturday.
The letter carries the signatures of the presidents of various political parties, including the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), BJP, Mizo National Front (MNF), Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), People’s Conference (PC), Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), as well as representatives from YMA, Mizoram Upa Pawl (Elders Association), Mizoram Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (Women’s Organization), Mizo Students Union, and Mizo Zirlai Pawl (Mizo Students Federation).
A copy of the letter has also been submitted to the state Chief Electoral Officer Madhup Vyas.
Previously, a majority of political parties, including the state BJP unit, had expressed their opposition to vote counting on a Sunday. The Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of leaders from major Christian church denominations, had also issued appeals to the central poll panel.
Various political parties and civil society groups had submitted appeals to the ECI during the full commission’s visit to the state from August 29 to 31, urging them not to schedule important election dates on Sundays or Saturdays.
Sunday is a day when a significant majority of the Mizo population attends prayer and worship services in their respective churches. Additionally, Saturday holds religious significance for the Seventh Day Adventist Church and Sabbath churches.