Large-scale rigging in Manipur ADC polls

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Large-scale rigging in Manipur ADC polls


News / Election Commission of India   /   Jun 02, 2015
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir writes about politics, social issues and technology. He has worked in an NGO for several years.

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Imphal: Large-scale booth rigging was witnessed in the Manipur Autonomous District Council (ADC) polls on Monday. However, the turnover for the polls was quite impressive-over 70 per cent.

The voters lined up at over 1,000 polling stations spread across Senapati, Ukhrul, Chauarachandpur, Tamenglong, Chandel and Sadar Hills district councils under heavy security.

There are 495 candidates in the fray with BJP, Naga People’s Front (NPF) and the ruling Congress being the main contenders in the election.

State Election Commission Secretary, Th Chitra Devi told the media that there were reports of rigging at various polling stations. "After authenticating the reports, we will announce the schedule of repolling. But at this moment, such reports are yet to be tabled," said Chitra.

She said that officials could not reach six polling stations in Churachanpur, adding that the polling for the six polling stations have been rescheduled for June 4. Out of the total 144 seats, 11 candidates have already been declared elected without contesting, including seven from the ruling Congress, three from NPF and one from BJP.

Booth rigging and other disturbances disturbed polling at various booths, chiefly in the Sadar Hills district councils.  The disturbance began when three women walked into a booth and tried to snatch ballot papers.

There were also reports of burning ballot boxes and papers at two polling stations. Shamulamlan, the native village of boxing champion M C Mary Kom in Churachandpur district, also witnessed trouble during the polling.

The saffron party fielded the largest number of candidates, 121 candidates, followed by NPF ,93 and Congress,92.  

"Despite the scorching heat, we exercised our franchise," said Dobila Thangal of Tumuyon Khunou in Sadar Hills district council. Counting will be held on June 10.

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