On polling day, at each of the 2023 polling stations across Nagaland, pastors will pray for a “clean election.”

The decision to offer prayers before polling begins is a part of the Clean Election Campaign of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC). “The idea to have pastors praying at polling booths came to us after a pastor in Phek district offered prayers at a booth and then stayed at the booth all day in 2008,” Dr. Hovithal Sothu, the convenor of the campaign’s working committee told The Hindu.

It was later found that there was no proxy voting at that particular station. The presence of the pastor pricks the proxy voter’s conscience, Dr. Sothu said.