10.10 lakh voters to seal fate of eight candidates today
IMPHAL, 10th Apr: The fate of the eight candidates in fray for the 17th Lok Sabha election to the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency would be sealed by 10,10,618 electors in the first phase polls on Thursday.
Briefing media persons on the eve of the polls, CEO Manipur PK Singh appealed to all to exercise their voting rights without any fear and make the election free and fair. He also informed that all the polling officials have reached their respective polling station safely by Wednesday evening.
Appealing to the public to refrain from spreading rumour on social media, the CEO said that there is no case of disqualifying the BJP candidate for outer seat. However, the CEO’s office received complaints against various candidates and ROs concerned have been instructed to look into the complaints.
The CEO explained that candidature of any person could not be challenged or disqualified by either the CEO of the RO after completion of formal scrutiny and publication of final list of contesting candidates. He also requested all electronic and print media houses to get verified all political news before publication or telecast of news to avoid dissemination of misinformation or misleading information to citizens.
He further informed that unethical or any form of influences which could hamper free and fair casting of vote by the electors would be dealt with strictly in exercise of power conferred under relevant rules and sections.
Among the candidates in fray for the outer seat is NCP’s Angam Karung Kom with clock as his symbol. Hailing from Chandel district, he is presently residing at KR Lane Imphal under Wangkhei AC and registered as an elector of the inner parliamentary constituency.
INC’s James Kashung has his symbol as hand. He hails from Tangkhul Hundung Khullen village under Phungyar AC in Kamjong district.
NPP’s Thangminlien Kipgen, with book as his symbol, hails from Haipi village in Kangpokpi district while NPF’s Dr Lorho S Pfoze with rooster as his symbol is a resident of Kayinu village under Mao AC in Senapati district.
BJP’s Haulim Sokhopao Mate alias Benjamin Mate, having lotus as election his symbol, is from Tengnoupal village in Tengnoupal district.
With walking stick as the symbol, NEIDP’s Ashang Kasar hails from Chadong village under Phungyar AC in Kamjong district but presently staying at Macheng village, Mantripukhri in Imphal East district while JD-U’s Hangkhanpau Taithul with arrow as his symbol is from Singhat Hausa Veng in Churachandpur district. The eighth candidate in fray is independent candidate Leikhan Kaipu with blackboard as his symbol. He is from Heikakpokpi village under Machi sub-division in Tengnoupal district.
Two candidates each from Tengnoupal and Kamjong are in the fray while Churachandpur, Chandel, Kangpokpi and Senapati have one candidate each.
Altogether 10,10,618 voters including 4,95,583 male, 5,15,022 female and 13 transgender will cast their votes in 1562 polling stations spread across hill and valley areas. There are 11,347 service voters in the outer Constituency. Of the total polling stations, 227 have been identified as critical, 171 as vulnerable and 506 as ‘shadow zone’ while 32 have been tagged as model polling stations, which would be manned by 198 all women polling official teams.
Two general observers, one police observer and two expenditure observers are working round the clock to make the election free and fair and prevent poll related violence. Three helicopters would be used for airlifting polling equipment and officials from remote areas, which include 49 polling stations in Tamenglong, 39 in Churachandpur, 20 in Chandel and 16 in Ukhrul. Moreover, one helicopter would be kept reserved for use in emergency situation.
Altogether 90 companies of CAPF including IRB battalions of the state would be utilised for maintaining peace during the poll. State police will also provide additional security cover in the entire outer constituency.