Manipur 2022: Polling for absentee voters begins in Imphal West

Imphal: Ahead of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly election, polling for absentee voters for the 13 assembly constituencies in Imphal West district begun from Monday.

Altogether 3,278 people, including those over 80 years of age and persons with disability (PWDs) and COVID-19 patients, are eligible to cast their votes at home through postal ballot in Imphal West district as Absentee Voters, the first such initiative in the state by the Election Commission.

In all, 55 polling teams were flagged off from the DC complex to visit homes of the absentee voters in the district and get them to exercise their voting rights.

On Monday, a total of 989 absentee voters cast their votes in the district which include 84 voters in 10-Uripok AC, 121 in Keishamthong AC, 73 in Singjamei AC, 76 in Sekmai AC, 77 in Lamsang AC, 130 in Konthoujam AC, 87 in Patsoi AC, 115 in Langthabal AC, 129 in Naoriya Pakhanglakpa, 67 in Wangoi and 58 in Mayang Imphal. 

However, the actual vote count for Sagolband AC and Thangmeiband AC could not be ascertained till the filing of this report.

The whole process will be conducted in two rounds with the first round continuing till February 22. 

For those who are left out during the first phase, a second trip will be made on February 25.

The postal ballot facility is an optional one and ensures total secrecy of voting, said CEO Manipur Rajesh Agrawal in a statement earlier.

Altogether 14,565 PWDs and over 41,867 senior citizens (80+) have been mapped in the state for the upcoming assembly polls.

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