Stop election-related violence

Violence related to the elections has led to the death of two political workers in troubled Tirap and Longding districts. According to reports, opposition party supporters are allegedly being targeted by members of underground groups. In Tirap, NPP worker Jaley Anna was reportedly killed by suspected members of the NSCN (IM). The involvement of underground groups in the electoral process will have severe repercussions. If they start using guns to swing the votes in favour of the candidates of their choice the people will not be able to freely exercise their democratic rights. Also, the politicians who are using the militants to win votes should remember that these antisocial elements can come back to haunt them in future.
The Election Commission of India should immediately step in and take necessary action to restore the confidence of the voters. Report of violence is also pouring in from East Kameng district. Reportedly, there was a clash between the supporters of the BJP and the NPP candidates in Seppa town on Saturday night, leaving many injured. With the voting date nearing, emotions are running high among the supporters. There are fears that things may get uglier across the state in the days to come. The election commission and the district administration will have to intensify vigil to avoid any kind of violence. The candidates also will have to check the activities of their supporters and restrain them from indulging in violence.