Police resorted to firing blank rounds and baton charge after voters in the polling stations destroyed EVM, VVPAT machine and security camera. The injured polling officials included the presiding officer and micro observer of the polling booth.
Of the total 78 polling stations, 38 are in the Yaiskul Assembly constituency and at 40 in Bishnupur Assembly constituency. Altogether, 1,300 Polling stations have been set up for the second phase poll.
After the final numbers were released, the state BJP president lodged a complaint with the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) requesting re-poll in several polling stations including Senapati, Ukhrul and Chandel districts.
There are 19,59,429 voters in Manipur. Out of which, 10,10,618 voters will exercise their franchise for the Outer Manipur parliamentary seat tomorrow, including 495583 male voters and 5,15,022 female voters.
Manipur’s two parliamentary seats, inner and outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituencies, will go to poll in two phases. The outer seat will go to poll on April 11 during the first phase and the inner seat on April 18.
Imphal-based Kishorechandra Wangkhem has spent over 130 days in prison for allegedly making derogatory comments against the BJP government in the state, and using “abusive” words against Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
The Congress spokesperson had alleged that a man named James Gangte gave an amount of Rs 12,90,000 to a relative of the Chief Minister for clearing bills worth over Rs 68,00,000 of the Khuga Multipurpose Project.
Noting that as per the Model code of conduct, no criticism of other parties or their workers on the basis of “unverified” allegation can be made, the CM’s personal secretary urged the ECI to take necessary action against Joykishan.
The development comes two days after eight members of Autonomous District Council (ADC) of Churachandpur district, former BJP President Churachandpur, ex-NPF MLA and former minister K Vungzalien joined the Congress party fold.
The 2011 census put the total transgender population in India at 4,87,203. As per the latest EC data, the registered transgender voters for the 2019 elections is only around 40,000 – just ten per cent of their total population.
The incident comes in the wake of an allegation that PS Haokip, president of the Kuki National Organisation (KNO), wrote to BJP president Amit Shah informing that the group support BJP candidate Benjamin Mate, who is also contesting from the outer parliamentary seat.
The five candidates who have filed their nominations papers include RK. Anand of Northeast India Democratic Party (NEIDP), Oinam Jugindro of Manipur People’s Party (MPP), M. Tonsana Nongshaba of MPP, W Pobitra and Md Illyash Khan independent candidates.