First phase poll a success: CEO
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 09: Noting that no major untoward incidents took place during the first phase of polling yesterday in Ukhrul, Senapati and Thoubal districts, State Chief Electoral Officer RR Rashmi said that the first phase of polling was a remarkable success.

However, without specifying the polling stations, the CEO confirmed that re-polling would be held at certain polling stations where malpractices were reported.

The polling stations would be announced tomorrow, he added.

The matter is being studied by the respective ROs with their subordinate officials, he said.

Addressing media persons at State Information Office this evening, the CEO mentioned that re-polling might be held on Monday or Tuesday.

Reports received by the press from different sources including the RO Senapati district, the CEO office and others hinted that re-polling might be conducted most probably in 9 polling stations in Senapati district and 2 in Thoubal district.

RO Senapati district Dr Prem Singh conveyed that a meeting was convened with all the poll officials concerned to finalise re-polling in certain polling stations of Mao, Tadubi and Karong Assembly segments.

Allegations of proxy voting by supporters of his rival candidates in 18 polling stations, Congress candidate in Tadubi A/C Francis Ngajokpa lodged a complaint with RO Senapati yesterday.

He pleaded for re-polling in these polling stations.

Disclosing that he has no information on the reported attack against a CRPF convoy carrying some poll officials at Chassad area today morning, CEO Rashmi said that in case the report turned out to be true and the poll materials including EVMs destroyed, then there would be re-polling in the polling stations concerned.

In response to the complaints of some reporters about the high handedness of some para military personnel towards media persons, the CEO said that he would look into the matter.

The reporters were denied entry into some polling stations by para military forces even after showing their authorisation cards issued by the ECI.

Two EVMs developed snags during polls yesterday but they were replaced promptly, the CEO added.