Chakma Autonomous District Council Office in Mizoram. Photo: S Hmar
Chakma Autonomous District Council Office in Mizoram. Photo: S Hmar

Lawngtlai district level standing committee for Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) 2018 elections headed by Lawngtlai DC Dr Arun T has issued an order stating that non-tribal voters will be deleted for the coming council elections.

As per Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) Amendment Rules, 2oo2 Rule (1)(a), non-tribal voters are not allowed to exercise their franchise in district council elections, and therefore the district level standing committee for CADC 2018 election has enforced the law.

“All non-tribal voters who are included in the draft electoral roll published on February 7, 2018 will be deleted in the final publication which is due to be published on February 28, 2018,” Lalrinawma, Election Officer of Lawngtlai district said.

The Chakma Autonomous District Council is an autonomous council for ethnic Chakma people, formed under the sixth schedule to the Constitution of India on April 29, 1972. The Council exercises legislative, executive and judiciary powers over allotted departments within the territory of CADC.

With an area of 686.25 square kilometers, CADC shares international boundaries with Bangladesh and Myanmar and has a population of 45,307 which roughly constitutes half of the total ethnic Chakma population in Mizoram.

The CADC is headquartered at Kamalanagar and is headed by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) and Executive Members (EMs). The Council has a total of 24 Members of District Council (MDCs), out of which 20 are elected members and the other 4 being nominated members.

In an emergency Session of CADC held on February 9, the current term of the 9th District Council was extended by 5 months and 23 days by the council members. The current term of CADC will complete 5 years in April this year and general election to 10th CADC should happen in two months time.

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