My Vote, My Future: NBCC begins Clean Election Movement

Zunheboto: The Clean Election Movement by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council comes ahead of the Assembly elections in Nagaland in 2023

BY | Wednesday, 3 August, 2022

Kick starting the NBCC (Nagaland Baptist Church Council) Clean Election Movement under the theme ‘My Vote, My Future’, the Chang Baptist Lashong Thangyen and Sumi Baptist Akukuhou Kuqhakulu had an exchange program at Suruhoto Town Baptist Church.

Dr. Wongto Chingmak, Pastor Chang Baptist Church Dimapur who is also the Convenor of CBLT Clean Election Movement, while delivering the speech on clean election said that if the church continues to move this way the gulps of the Naga foundation are strong. Adding that one of the Nagas major downfalls is the evils of elections by selling ones right to vote, proxy voting, use of alcohol and drugs and other social evils.

He asserted that many hands are bind by these evils and that we should wash our hands and purify our minds for clean hands and clean votes.

Dr Wongto said that oftentimes the churches are attacked for standing against social evils, political injustice and moral failures and for standing up for justice and mercy, nevertheless it was the call of good conscience for the good of Nagas today and a better tomorrow.

Rev Achu Chang Executive Secy. CBLT while also speaking on clean election expounded on the strategies the CBLT has adopted to go about with clean elections.

He added that this would include working together with civil societies, to have open forum for the candidates, to get slogans from different churches where local churches can come up with their own slogans, to have signature campaign which will be started by Chang Baptist Church Dimapur, to clean electoral rolls and doing away with voting for death persons and so on.

He added that the Churches from CBLT will have no commitment with the candidates in the name of church buildings or other incentives. A guideline leaflet on dos and don’ts of clean election and campaigns during vote casting urging the voters not to sell their votes will be undertaken.

He also shared that they have decided to continuously preach on clean elections in church services.

Earlier, the programme was chaired by Katoli V. Sumi Secy. Women dept SBAK, with invocation by Ongmang Chang former ES CBLT, Greetings by Kughato K. Chophi STBC Convenor Clean Election Movement SBAK, the Pastor SBCZ Dr. Hutton Sumi responded on the clean election speeches, Rev Hukugha Sumi ES SBAK took prayer and commitment, while vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Niholi Sumi Principal NTC and benediction pronounced by Khutovi Swu Pastor Khukishe Baptist Church.


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