Repolling in 12 booths in Inner Manipur

Repolling in 12 booths in Inner Manipur
Manipur CEO PK Singh addressing a press conference on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 22 | Publish Date: 4/22/2019 12:01:02 PM IST

Election Commission has ordered re-polling in12 polling stations of Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, where the voting process was disrupted or stalled during the second phase on April 18.

Eleven candidates are in the fray in this parliamentary constituency.

The fresh polls will be held on April 24, an order of the ECI said and directed the returning officer and assistant returning officers to make necessary arrangements for the re-polls.

State CEO PK Singh told media persons that necessary preparations for the smooth conduct of the election in the polling stations where re-polls are to be held have been taken up by the concerned election authorities.

He said that minimum one platoon of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will be detailed at each polling station. 

“In addition, there will be some extra security arrangement outside polling stations depending on the requirement,” he said.

The CEO added that live webcasting will be done in the 12 polling stations during the re-poll.

Interestingly, all the 12 polling stations where re-poll is to be held are in the home constituencies of ministers and MLA of ruling BJP with maximum number of polling stations being in the home constituency of state chief minister, N.Biren Singh.

Five of the 12 polling stations are in the home constituency of chief minister (Heingang) while four in the home constituency of BJP legislator L Rameshwor (Keirao), two in the home constituency of state forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar (Andro) and one in the home constituency of works minister Th Bishworjit (Thongju). All in Imphal East district.

Welcoming the ECI decision, CPI candidate Dr M Nara Singh claimed that the repolling has proved that there was no free and fair election in the state.

Addressing a news conference at Manipur Press Club, the CPI candidate further claimed it was the moral victory of people.

He pointed out that almost all the polling stations where re-polls are to be held were in the constituencies of the ruling parties. 

The state government and the ruling party (BJP) should be held responsible and must be shameful for such electoral malpractices, Dr Nara said.

Manipuri film actor RK Somorendro alias Kaiku who contested the election as independent candidate alleged that ruling party had used their muscle and money powers in the recently concluded elections.

Manipur has two parliamentary seats, one of which went to polls on April 11 and the other on April 18.

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