Committee for delimitation on true data
KAKCHING, 5th Jul: Maintaining that the only hope for the people of eight assembly segments in the valley, which are clustered in the outer Manipur parliamentary constituency, to get their suppressed right is to conduct delimitation exercise based on true district maps and statistical data of the state, MP Candidature Demand Committee Manipur has demanded the government to conduct delimitation exercise only on true data.
Addressing a press meet at Kakching Ningthou Leikai on Sunday, Committee convener Pukhrambam Somarendra said that people in the eight assembly segments continued to be denied of their right to contest election to the lower house of the parliament for 68 years after it was included in the outer parliamentary constituency (ST reserved) in 1952. For years, they have been demanding the government to give their rights.
Several political parties and CSOs opposed the earlier delimitation exercise. Among others, JNGVO Kakching submitted presentations during public hearing conducted at Imphal Hotel in February 2012 citing that they cannot accept the exercise based on a falsified population data. Some public leaders from Kakching also filed a petition against the delimitation exercise to the Gauhati High Court and the court gave its verdict in favour of the petitioners.
As the central government is in the process to conduct the delimitation process, Chief Electoral Officer Manipur on July 2 issued an order instructing DCs to submit statistical data and map by July 7. The order indicates that the delimitation exercise would be conducted on district maps and statistical data and as such, the DCs need to produce true maps and data. Since the order mentioned that the exercise will take reference of the population as on June 15, 2020, the committee appealed authority to carry out biometric census or Aadhaar based census operation for the areas having abnormal decadal growth of population, he said.
He also expressed confidence that the delimitation exercise will fulfil their long pending demand for which the Delimitation Commission already recommended in 2003.
He further appealed to the authority to readjust eight polling stations of Kakching Municipal area in Wabagai assembly constituency into Kakching assembly constituency under Section 8 of the Delimitation Act 2002.