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AGARTALA, March 25 - The Mizoram Bru Displaced People�s Coordination Committee (MBDPC) has threatened to boycott the upcoming Parliamentary election if polling stations are set up at Kanmon, a border village of Tripura and Mizoram.

In the last Assembly election in Mizoram, polling stations were established at Kanmon for Bru voters and the voting percentage was very low at 56.

�If polling booths are set up at Kanmon, which is far away from the six relief camps, Bru voters will not participate in the Lok Sabha elections. The EC must set up booths at suitable places�, said MBDPC president Laldingliena over telephone from Kanchpur on Sunday.

Amidst the poll boycott threat, a high level team headed by Addl CEO of Mizoram would be visiting Kanchanpur soon to see the arrangement for facilitating voting rights for Bru voters. During the visit, they will have a meeting with the SDM, Kanchanpur subdivision.

�A meeting will be held at the conference hall of SDM office where leaders of refugee bodies are also invited. The outcome of the meeting will be communicated to the EC for taking necessary steps�, said a State Election official here on Sunday.

As per the EC decision, polling booths will be set up at Kanmon for over 11,500 Bru voters.

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Reang refugees threaten to boycott poll

AGARTALA, March 25 - The Mizoram Bru Displaced People�s Coordination Committee (MBDPC) has threatened to boycott the upcoming Parliamentary election if polling stations are set up at Kanmon, a border village of Tripura and Mizoram.

In the last Assembly election in Mizoram, polling stations were established at Kanmon for Bru voters and the voting percentage was very low at 56.

�If polling booths are set up at Kanmon, which is far away from the six relief camps, Bru voters will not participate in the Lok Sabha elections. The EC must set up booths at suitable places�, said MBDPC president Laldingliena over telephone from Kanchpur on Sunday.

Amidst the poll boycott threat, a high level team headed by Addl CEO of Mizoram would be visiting Kanchanpur soon to see the arrangement for facilitating voting rights for Bru voters. During the visit, they will have a meeting with the SDM, Kanchanpur subdivision.

�A meeting will be held at the conference hall of SDM office where leaders of refugee bodies are also invited. The outcome of the meeting will be communicated to the EC for taking necessary steps�, said a State Election official here on Sunday.

As per the EC decision, polling booths will be set up at Kanmon for over 11,500 Bru voters.