Manipur 2022: My vote has been casted by someone, alleges Churachanpur youth

Churachandpur: A case of bogus voting was reported in Churachandpur district on Monday during the first phase of the Manipur election when a 28-year-old man found out that someone else had already cast the vote under his name.

Dennis Lallienzuol alleged impersonation and said the incident happened due to malpractice in the state’s electoral process, and this was not the first such case of malpractice during the polls.

Soon after he came to know about the incident, Dennis took to microblogging site Twitter and posted a video questioning how has this malpractice taken place.

He further lodged a complaint with the district deputy commissioner and the ECI over the malpractice.

“This issue must be taken up immediately since such issue of bogus voting has been rampant in Churachandpur and the voice of many youths would be trampled due to such unfair practice during the election,” he stated.

While retweeting his post, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh stated, “Dennis Lallienzoul, a young resident of Churachandpur, went to the polling booth today to exercise his democratic right, only to find that his vote has already been cast! This not an isolated incident of malpractice.”

Speaking to EastMojo, Dennis said that the reason why he is raising the issue is because such case has been so rampant and frequent in a state like Manipur but no one reported.

“That’s why I want this issue to come out this time because young people are so frustrated with incidents happening related to the election,” said Dennis.

He further stated that there are many common people in the state who are not well versed with the electoral procedure.

“For example, there is an option of tender ballot/vote where you can cast your vote if someone else has already voted under your name but I was also not aware of the option,” Dennis added.

Under the Election Commission rules, a voter is entitled to cast a ‘tender vote’ if he/she finds out someone else has already cast a vote in their name.

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