SHILLONG, Apr 30: Extending its support to various NGOs who are against the alleged continued enrolment of â€˜dubiousâ€™ or â€˜Dâ€™ voters in the state, regional party Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) Monday urged the state governmentÂ to introduce the cut-off year which will determine the genuine non-indigenous voters in the state.
Addressing a press conference here, KHNAM president Pyndapborthiaw Saibon said â€œwe demand the state government to introduce the cut-off year which would determine the number of genuine non-indigenous voters in the stateâ€.
â€œWe propose that 1971 should be the cut-off year to determine who the genuine non-indigenous voters of the state are,â€ Saibon said adding â€œThere is no proper mechanism to check or prevent such illegal immigrants from entering into the electoral rolls of the state.â€
He also added that the state election department is blindly following the instructions laid by the Election Commission of India without taking into consideration about effect it has to the state.Â
â€œWe strongly oppose to the alleged enrolment of â€˜doubtful votersâ€™ in the stateâ€, he asserted.
Saibon also asked the government to immediately remove the special counters and voterâ€™s facilitation cells from all the districts and sub-divisions and put on hold the votersâ€™ enrolment drives in the state.
â€œThe issue requires intervention of the Chief Minister who should put forth the points demanded by the protested groups before the Election Commission of India,â€ he said adding â€œWe also call upon the genuine non-indigenous citizens of the state to come forward and extend their cooperation on the issue.â€
Besides, the party also demanded that the inner line permit, work permit be implemented at the earliest to prevent and control the increased inflow of influx into the state.