Demonetisation versus clean elections: Nagaland newspapers show the way

Editors of several leading local newspapers published from Nagaland have joined their hands in the clean elections campaign.

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Kohima, Nov 25: In his fight against black money, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

The critics of demonetisation are arguing that the real change will come by introducing electoral reforms.

Nagaland

In a step towards the direction, editors of several leading local newspapers published from Nagaland have joined their hands in the clean elections campaign.

The campaign was first started by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council in 2012, ahead of the 2013 Assembly polls. The northeastern state is due for polls in 2018.

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The newspapers which are part of the campaign are--English newspapers Nagaland Page, Nagaland Post, Eastern Mirror and The Morung Express, and three regional language newspapers Tir Yimyim, Ao Milen and Capi.

The newspapers have jointly issued a statement in this regard.

"To demonstrate our collective endeavour we have agreed to immediately stop publishing any news and advertisements that contradicts the values and objectives of "Clean Elections in Nagaland," and the principle of 'One Person - One Vote," the statement said.

"The Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) today formally launched a clean election campaign by releasing a booklet to educate the people on the prevailing election system and urged people to rise to the occasion to stand and act together for free and fair elections," read the statement of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council in 2012.

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