Poll boycott threat issued over 'inflated' voters lists
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 07: Setting January 13 as the deadline for rectifying alleged abnormal increase of voters in 41-Chandel and 42-Tengnoupal Assembly Constituencies of Chandel district , various social organisations including Kuki Students' Organisation (KSO) have threatened to boycott the forthcoming election and impose economic blockade among other modes of agitation if the Government fails to do so.

Addressing a press conference at Manipur Press Club here today in this connection, leaders of KSO, Kuki Chiefs Association and Kuki Movement for Human Rights pointed out that there has been an abnormal increase in the number of voters with inclusion of fictitious names of villages and voters in the electoral roll draft and the final publication, 2005 of the 41-Chandel and 42-Tengnoupal ACs.

General secretary of KSO Chandel Unit Thangzamang Haokip said inclusion of names of 33 villages which do not exist at all thereby increasing the number of total voters to 1818 in 41-Chandel AC has been detected in the electoral roll.

Among the said 33 villages, Shallu is the only village where there is human settlement.

Abnormal increase in the number of voters has also been detected in Machi Sub-Division of 42-Tengnoupal AC, Thangjamang further pointed out adding that the total number of voters increased in the said AC is 4369.Explaining how the numbers of voters might have been increased, secretary of Kuki Movement for Human Rights Benjamin Mate noted the total number of voters recorded in respect of 42/3 Thamlai polling station of 42-Tengnoupal AC in the draft publication is 689 only.

However, in the final publication, the number of voters has risen to 961.So such vast difference in the number of voters in the draft and the final publication has led to the abnormal increase in the number of voters in 42-Tengnoupal AC, he said.

This matter had been highlighted during joint meetings and through submission of numerous memoranda to the authorities concerned of the Government.

But so far no step has been taken up to rectify the mistake, thereby compelling us to take the decision of launching various intense agitations, the leaders of the social organisations said.

If the Government fails to give a positive response in this regard within the set deadline, we are prepared to boycott the forthcoming election to the 9th Manipur Legislative Assembly and impose economic blockade along the National Highways indefinitely and call Manipur bandh, etc among other agitational move, they said.