With less than 12 days to go for the polls, youth department of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has appealed to all young voters to maintain peace and tranquility for free and fair election.
In a statement issued on Thursday, NBCC youth secretary Rev Vikuo Rhi also urged everyone to abide by the Clean Election guidelines and respect the pledge made by individuals.
Rhi admitted that, while Clean Election campaign was making an impact, challenges like selling and buying of votes still existed. Many young people did not realise that by accepting money during elections, they were selling their birthright in exchange of the bigger common good, he pointed out.
Reminding the youth that they were the hope of today and leaders of tomorrow, the NBCC youth secretary remarked that “change” was the cry of every young mind. But he asked who would bring the change, before quoting the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi as having said “Be the change you want to see.” Pointing out that the opportunity to bring change was right at their doorstep now and that their votes were powerful, Rhi exhorted them to use their valuable votes to bring positive change.
“Use your God-given birthright to vote for God-fearing person in order to bring positive change and development in our society. Avoid youth camps, physical intimidations, use of alcohol and drugs, stay away from immorality, do not be used as a political tool by some vested politicians for their benefits and avoid proxy voting,” he appealed.
Rhi cautioned that buying and selling votes and booth capturing were not only sins but would eventually invite divine judgment. He, thus, appealed to all “responsible” Christian youth to keep their Christian values and principles above individual benefits.
He urged them to exercise their franchise with a clear conscience on February 27.