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07 October 2013

Mizoram Polls: Biometric enrolment Begins, Church Leaders Oppose Dates

Aizawl, Oct 7 : Biometric Enrolment for National Population Register with respect to Mizoram state has begun from Saturday under the supervision of Registrar General of India (Census), Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, Aizawl District Magistrate and Central government Census Office, Aizawl.

Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and his family members were the first who were enrolled through Biometric Enrolment system, an official report here said.

Coming from RGI, Deepak Kumar Gupta, Dy Director and representatives of Aizawl DC and Census officials Aizawl were present on the first day of the biometric enrolment today. In the Biometric Enrolment system, the enumerator collects the biometric details of every citizen of India by way of capturing the Iris of both eyes and the fingerprints of both hands.

Every Indian above 5 years of age shall be enrolled through the Biometric enrolment for NPR. However, this is not for attainment of citizenship. Those enrolled through the biometric enrollment will be provided uniquely designed Identity Card called Unique ID (UID), having 12 digits called Aadhar Number. This Unique ID Card can be used by the individual for verification and proof of identity in banking, mobile phone connection, ration card, passport and for other government affairs throughout the country.

National Population Enrolment has been carried out in other states too. It takes time as it requires not only personal information but even physical details too.

After enrolment was done with Chief Minister and family at his official residence, it was continued from Zarkawt locality here in Aizawl. The enrolment will be continued in all the villages of the state by organizing enrolment camp two times each, during which officials will carry out the enrolment task.

Those who fail to register themselves during such enrolment camps will have to approach a particular place which will be arranged later by the government. Any individual who fail get enrolled during stipulated time will be left out from the National Population Register such that they shall not be regarded as residents of India.

Two Enrolment Agencies namely, LYRA Consultancy Service, Kolkata (LCS) and Integrated Systems & Services (ISS), Guwahati are being engaged to carry out the biometric enrollment task in Mizoram.  LCS will carry out the task in 5 Mizoram districts, while the rest 3 districts will be taken up by ISS.

Church leaders oppose voting, counting dates

Church leaders here have objected to the dates fixed for polling and counting of votes for the Mizoram Assembly elections, saying it will cause inconvenience to community members and hurt their sentiments.

A four-member team of the church leaders led by Rev Lalzuithanga, Executive Secretary of the Mizoram Synod of the Presbyterian Church of India, met state Chief Electoral Officer Ashwini Kumar and told him that on December 4, the voting day, a council meeting of the highest authority of the church is to be held.

Rev Lalthangmawia, statistician of the Mizoram Synod, said, "We informed the CEO that if the polling is held on December 4 as announced by the Election Commission, not less than 3,000 people, including priests, church leaders and delegates from all over the state, would not be able to cast their votes."

The church leaders further said that December 8, the day of counting of votes, is Sunday, which is a holy day for Christians. If the counting is held on the day, it will be inconvenient for the community and will also hurt the sentiments of the people in the Christian-dominated state.

State election department officials reportedly told the church leaders that the matter is in the hands of the Election Commission and the only thing they can do is convey their sentiments.

The church leaders said that they would send a representation to the Election Commission on the issue by next week and would also meet the Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath and other Election Commissioners when they visited the state to oversee poll preparedness.


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