Imphal, March 4 MNS NNN : Re-polling under nine constituencies in five hill districts of Manipur was recorded 64 per cent turnout on Sunday. But, four polling stations under Tamei constituency in Tamenglong district will have to go to re-poll tomorrow as the polling officials were not able to reach the stations due to heavy rain and landslide.
In today’s re-polling, Chandel constituency alone voted in 25 polling stations followed by 13 polling stations in Karong constituency, while one polling station each in Tengnoupal, 45-Chingai and Singhat constituencies, two in Saikul constituency, six in Mao constituency, 10 in Tadubi constituency, and eight in Tamei constituency went to re-polling.
In Chandel district, 83.04 per cent voting was registered followed by Ukhrul at 73.88 per cent and Senapati 61 per cent, while record for Tamenglong district was not available.
In Tamenglong district, four polling stations will go to re-poll tomorrow as the polling personnel could not reach their destination due to heavy rain and landslide, official sources said. The leftout polling booths are 52/1 Makuilong, 52/2 Lemtak, 52/5 kadi and 52/7 Dulong, the source informed.
Polls to the 60-member Manipur Legislative Assembly were held on January 28 last. A re-poll was also conducted on February 4 over widespread rigging and another round of re-polling was held today following mass proxy voting.
In Chandel district, 10 polling stations are located near the international border with Myanmar and all the EVMs and the Presiding Officer would be airlifted to facilitate smooth counting of votes slated for March 6, the district Deputy Commissioner, Th. Chitaranjan said while briefing the media here on Sunday.
Two polling booths of Chandel district—Modi and Unapat —had voted in the February 4 re-poll too, but again went to re-poll today after reports of mass proxy voting.
Although the poll started since seven a.m. most voters came out to cast their votes at nine a.m. The security personnel searched the voters before casting their vote and also verified the identity card of the voters.
However according to a reliable source, some armed persons fired about 100 rounds from a hill near the Ikeremolang polling station 46/15 Saikul A/C this morning around 9.50 a.m. The incident took place when the voters were casting their votes. No casualties were reported in the firing. The BSF, state security forces took position however there was no encounter. A team of 36th AR posted at Saikul also controlled the situation and the voters again cast their votes. The re-poll was held in 25 polling stations in Chandel A/C, two in 46-Saikul, 13 in karong, 10 in TAdubi, six in 46-Mao, six in Tamei and one each in Tengnoupal, Chingai and 60 Singhat.
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