Stage set for phase II of LS poll in Manipur, Assam

Stage set for phase II of LS poll in Manipur, Assam
Polling officials moving to their respective polling station for the voting in Inner Manipur. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL/Guwahati, Apr 17 | Publish Date: 4/17/2019 11:44:45 AM IST

The stage is all set for the second phase of polling for the Lok Sabha polls in Manipur (Inner Parliamentary Constituency) and Assam on Thursday.  

Polling personnel along with polling material have departed to the polling stations on Wednesday in Manipur and security has been tightened in and around polling stations to ensure peaceful polling.

The polling for the Inner Manipur PC will be held at 1300 polling stations spread over four valley districts. A total of 9,28,626 registered voters including 4,80,751 female voters, 4,47,843 male votes and 32 third genders will decide the faiths of 11 candidates in the fray.

The state election authority has also set up polling stations to be manned only by women personnel. 

According to DEO Impal East, Dr Rangitabali, wheelchairs, Braille voter guide will be made available in all polling stations and vehicles for transportation of PwDs voters will be arranged for the poll day.

The district police have identified 24 critical polling stations and nine vulnerable locations. To ensure a transparent and peaceful election, 152 polling stations will be webcasted, she said.

 All the polling officials along with voting material have dispatched from the DC office at Lamphel.

In Assam, the fate of 50 candidates of five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam will be decided in the second phase polling.

Tight security arrangements have been made across the five constituencies to ensure smooth conduct of polling, state Chief Electoral Officer Mukesh Sahu said.

Altogether 170 companies of security forces of both the Centre and the state have been deployed for election duty in the five constituencies - Karimganj (SC), Silchar, Autonomous District (ST), Nowgong and Mangaldoi.

A total electorate of 69,10,592, including 33,55,95 women and 180 of the third gender, are able to exercise their franchise in 8,992 polling booths, Sahu told PTI.

Patrolling along the Indo-Bangla border in the two constituencies of Barak Valley, Karimganj (SC) and Silchar, have been intensified, police said.

Around 45,960 polling personnel have been deployed in the second phase.

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