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Aizawl, July 30, 2019:

The Peoples Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) on Monday kicked off a signature campaign with a move to sue the premier election body, the Election Commission of India (ECI).

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PRISM intends to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the ECI as they believe that the ECI granted Bru refugees in Tripura to vote .

PRISM president Vanlalruata said that the reason the Brus residing in Tripura were allowed to vote in Mizoram is because the ECI unlawfully proclaimed them as ‘ordinary residents of Mizoram’ and added that the ECI does not have any authority to make such declarations.

“They have based the declaration on the Jammu and Kashmir Representation of the People Act which is why we have decided to file PIL against the ECI. To show our solidarity in filing the PIL, we have organised a signature campaign today where those supporting the PIL can give in their names”, said PRISM vice president K Tlanthanga.

It may be recalled that recently, following the Union Home Ministry’s decision to give voting rights to around 30,000 people who had fled from Mizoram to Tripura in 1997 in the wake of inter-community violence, The Election Commission has asked the State of Mizoram to revise its rolls for the poll this year and include the members of the internally-displaced community.

As many as 32,876 people of the Reang tribe are set to be repatriated to Mizoram after a tripartite agreement was signed between the Centre, Tripura and Mizoram.

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