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Bru organisations want the old system of exercising franchise in the relief camps of North Tripura to continue

The agitating organisation in Mizoram claimed that Election Commission of India has agreed to their twin demand to replace Chief Electoral Officer (ceo) SB Shashank and Brus residing in Tripura would exercise their franchise in their in Mizoram.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 11, 2018, 07.49 PM IST
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On July 3 last Union home minister, government of Mizoram, Tripura and Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF) inked an agreement for repatriation of displaced Bru Refugees after almost 22 years.
AIZWAL: Bru organisations are not very keen on coming to Mizoram to exercise franchise of November 28. They want the old system of exercising franchise in the relief camps of North Tripura to continue.

The agitating organisation in Mizoram claimed that Election Commission of India has agreed to their twin demand to replace Chief Electoral Officer (ceo) SB Shashank and Brus residing in Tripura would exercise their franchise in their in Mizoram.

There has been series of protest in poll bound Mizoram. An umbrella organisation of several organisations is seeking removal of Mizoram CEO SB Shashank following removal of the home secretary, Lalnunmawia Chuaungo by the Election commission. This officer is accused of interfering with the poll process. The organisations alleged that Chuaungo was ousted following complaint by Shashank.

Thousands of Bru refuges from Mizoram are staying in Tripura after ethnic clashes of 1997. The clash was triggered after a forest official was killed by Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) militants. Over 32,000 Bru people have been living in six temporary camps in North Tripura district.

Bru refugee repatriation from North Tripura to Mizoram remained a non starter. On July 3 last Union home minister, government of Mizoram, Tripura and Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF) inked an agreement for repatriation of displaced Bru Refugees after almost 22 years.

General Secretary of MBDPF, Bruno Msha told ET, “Going to cast vote in respective villages will mean at least seven days affair for the people in the relief camp. It will difficult for lactating mother to travel that far.”

He added, “We want the ECI must continue with the old arrangement. Very few people will go to Mizoram to cast their votes for this will also mean additional cost of lodging and food.”

Another Bru organisation, Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples' Coordination Committee (MBDPCC) president, L Laldingliana said, “ The old system of casting votes in the relief camps must continue.”

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