Re-polls in 12 stations on April 24
Election Commission of India (ECI) has approved fresh polls for Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency (IMPC) in 12 polling stations of four assembly constituencies of Imphal East district. The re-poll will be conducted on April 24 from 7 am to 4 pm, declared chief electoral officer (CEO) PK Singh during a press meet held today at the CEO’s conference hall.
Speaking to media persons, he stated that the polling stations where re-poll will be conducted are 2/23-Heingang Mayai Leikai (A), 2/26-Heingang Makha Leikai, 2/31-Kairang Muslim Mayai Leikai, 2/32-Kairang Muslim Mamang Leikai and 2/33-Kairang Khunou Chingya Leikai under 2-Heingang A/C; 5/32-Khongman Zone-V (B) under 5-Thongju assembly constituency; 6/6-Kiyamgei Mamang Leikai, 6/10-Kiyamgei Muslim (South) (A), 6/20-Urup Muslim and 6/35-Thiyam Konjil (B) under 6-Keirao assembly constituency; 7/32-Yambem (C) and 7/39-Nungbrang under 7-Andro assembly constituency.
The CEO conveyed that ample security measures have been taken up to ensure that the re-poll goes on smoothly. At least one platoon of central armed police force and one platoon of state police will be deployed in each polling station. Also for fair conduct, SDC or other senior officers will be sent as presiding officer while assembly level trainers and master trainers will be made the polling officers, he added.
Moreover, live webcasting will be carried out and CCTV cameras will be installed whereby the voting compartments inside the polling room and the queues of electors outside the polling room will be constantly monitored at Imphal East DC office and CEO office, PK Singh noted.
Responding to a query on why there was no webcasting or no CCTV cameras were installed in any of the 45 polling stations under Heingang assembly constituency he clarified that webcasting or arrangement as such is not compulsory. As per the instruction of ECI, as much as 10 percent of the polling stations are required to be scanned through webcasting or CCTV cameras. Also, the polling stations should have fallen under the critical or vulnerable category; he pointed out and said that none of the polling stations under Heingang assembly constituency are either critical or vulnerable as per records of the last election.
The CEO further announced that for four polling stations namely, 5/3-Thongju Ningomthong, 10/13-Lamphel Sana Keithel Awang, 10/24-Uripok Bachaspati Leikai and 23/29-Uchiwa, counting will be done through VVPAT slips as mock poll data for the said polling stations was not cleared. This has also been approved by the ECI, he added.
He also appealed to the people of the polling stations to come out and exercise their franchise fearlessly.
It may be mentioned here that, the Communist Party of India candidate Dr M. Nara and Indian National Congress candidate O. Nabakishore had pointed out various malpractices in the inner poll held on April 18 at different polling stations of BJP stronghold areas. The duo had demanded for fresh polls in the polling stations asserting that the poll held on April 18 was not free and fair.
The recommendation for fresh polls was sent to the ECI by returning officer (RO) of inner Manipur parliamentary constituency (IMPC) after the post-poll scrutiny and going through various complaints and proofs of malpractices and the same was approved by the ECI today morning.
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