Aizawl, Nov 25, 2018: The Church in poll-bound Mizoram has clarified that it has no role to play in elections as it remains apolitical and doesn’t influence voting in any manner.
In northeastern states, particularly in the Christian majoritarian state of Mizoram, Churches are said to cast an influence on the voters and are considered as key centers that can make or break the fortune of any political party or candidate. Voters are said to be largely influenced by the view of the Church before going for voting.
The Church, however, has clarified that it doesn’t interfere in any manner in the election process, adding that it is solely upon the people of the state to decide the fate of political parties through voting.
Representatives of various Churches said that they work mainly for the welfare of the people without any political motive. They also said that people are independent to choose any political party of their choice to lead the state.
“The election should be free and fair and without any influence. The general elections have improved more over the years but yet we need to do more as compared to other States,” said R. Lalruatkima , representative Presbyterian Church, Aizawal.
“We want that Mizoram should get a good and corruption free government but we cannot favor any particular political party. Whosoever comes to power should work for maintaining the secularism,” said Dr. C Lalrampana, Church of God Adventist
Assembly elections in Mizoram are slated for November 28 and as many as 209 candidates are in the fray.
Mizoram is the only northeastern state that is ruled by the Congress.