SHILLONG, FEB 22: The Khasi Jaintia Church Leaders Forum (KJCLF) on Wednesday appealed to the citizens of the state to exercise their franchise with sincerity and a clear conscience and vote for a government which will be committed to the welfare and future of the state.
“The Forum appeals to all the stakeholders in this election to refrain from insensitive expressions, unfair means, and deceptive expressions and to shun violence,” KJCLF secretary Rev Dr EH Kharkongor said in a statement.
He added, “The KJCLF once again reiterates its exhortation for citizens that on the day of voting to diligently exercise their franchise with sincerity and a clear conscience. This is with the full knowledge that the people will vote for a new government which will be committed to the welfare and future of the people without any prejudice or bias in promoting peace and harmony.”
He said with the electioneering in different parts of the State increasing in pitch and drabble the campaigning throes of the candidates with their groups and parties are escalating in momentum and manifold expressions.
As ordinary citizens of the State we all share in the quinquennial cycle of criticisms and appreciations, charges and counter-charges, evaluations and aspirations to do better and so on.
Manifestos are proposed in speech, skit and occasional creative tune, but more often in clamouring dins exceeding the decibels which can be tolerated by us ordinary mortals in our communities.
“However, when matters concerning personal sentiments of individual citizens are touched, they need to be questioned and checked!” he said.
Meanwhile, the KJCLF also deplores the mimicry and misuse of the popular devotional “I have decided to follow Jesus” by a prospective candidate and his party, and things of a similar nature.
“This insulting and insensitive act calls into question the maturity and integrity of the candidate and his party and it is for the electorate to decide,” it said.