SHILLONG, May 7 � Ahead of the all party meeting on �dubious� voters tomorrow, tribal NGOs today petitioned the Meghalaya Government and the political parties to enroll only �bonafide residents� of the State.
The NGOs under the umbrella of Social Organisations of Meghalaya Against Land Alienation said, �those who acquired land in Meghalaya in contravention of the provisions of the Meghalaya Transfer of Land Regulation Act, 1971, are not legal land holders and such lands are considered void, enforceable by any court of law.�
�As such, there is no justification for the illegal resident of Meghalaya to be enrolled as voters and they should be deleted from the electoral rolls,� SOMALA convener W Anthony said.
In a letter to Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and the leaders of other political parties, Anthony said, �all persons above 18 years of age and who settled in Meghalaya for any period of time in contravention of the provision of the Act cannot be given the benefit of enrollment in the electoral rolls.�
According to the SOMALA, �such enrolments violate the local land laws and is also contrary to the principle of protection safeguarding the tribals as mandated by the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.�� PTI