Imphal: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday announced re-polling in 12 polling stations in Manipur following recommendations from district observers and polling officers that reported clashes during the first phase of Assembly elections on February 28.
Fresh polling in the 12 polling stations in Imphal East, Kangpokpi and Churachandpur districts for Phase 1 will be held along with the second phase elections on March 5 (Saturday).
The 12 polling stations where re-polling has been announced include Sarouthel in Khundrakpam assembly constituency of Imphal East, New Keithelmanbi, Songsang, Maite and Tinsuong in Saitu constituency of Kangpokpi. In Churachandpur district, MajuronKuki, N Chingphei, Khoirentak, Molsang and Leinon in Henglep constituency and Teikot and Maukot in Singhat constituency.
“The Commission declares under sub-section (2) of Section 58 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, that the poll taken on 28 February, 2022 (Monday) at following total 12 polling stations to be void and appoints 5th March, 2022 as the date for taking re-poll/fresh poll at the said polling stations with hours of poll from 7 am to 4 pm, in accordance with the Commission’s instructions contained in Chapter-XIII of the Hand Book for Returning Officers, 2019,” said Santosh Kumar Dubey, under secretary of the Commission, in a letter to the chief electoral officer of Manipur, Rajesh Agrawal.
Citing the main reason for consideration of re-polling was connected to damage of EVMs by miscreants during and after the poll, CEO Manipur stated that the proposal for re-poll in these polling stations was recommended based on the facts and information received/reported from respective returning officers.
“These kind of incidents lead to major discomfort to the electors of the polling station as their right to franchise gets infringed on the poll day and they will now need to come out again to exercise their rightful franchise on the day of repoll,” stated Agrawal.
He further urged the electors of these polling stations to come out in big numbers to exercise their franchise. The inconvenience caused due the incidents aforesaid is regretted, he added.
It may be noted that at least two persons were arrested by Manipur police for their alleged involvement in damaging EVM and VVPAT machines during the first phase of polling in Churachandpur and Kangpokpi districts.
Moreover, investigation is also on to arrest the other co-accused persons, said the CEO Manipur in a statement.
The first phase of voting took place on February 28 across 38 of the 60 Assembly constituencies in Manipur. The final voter turnout was recorded at 88.63% in Phase 1.
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