TURA, October 22: The AHAM, the central executive body (CEB), while expressing its concern at the radical change in non-tribal demographics and the possible presence of double voters in the district of Rajabala, urged the authorities concerned as well as the government to put in place a mechanism to control the influx of foreigners into the region.
In their complaint to West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh, the organizations said comparisons of election data every decade since Meghalaya’s statehood showed the constituency was witnessing excessive growth in non-tribal voters overtaking indigenous tribes in the region. .
“We suspect the entry of illegal immigration to be the cause, the area being close to the Indo-Bangladesh border. There is also the possibility of the presence of two voters because it is a neighbor of the State of Assam and most of the populations would have had two voter identity cards, one for Assam and another for Meghalaya ” , said the organization.
Stating that the very existence of dual voters as well as illegal migrants as registered voters is a threat to the region as well as to the nation as a whole, he urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to implement various strategies and systems to control such an influx of unfavorable voters.