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Repolling at 11 stations in Manipur after Polling Malpractices and EVM destruction

Repolling will occur in 11 inner Manipur stations on 22nd April after cases of firing, electoral malpractice, and EVM destruction.

Repolling will occur in 11 inner Manipur stations on 22nd April after cases of firing, electoral malpractice, and EVM destruction.

The top election officer said on April 20 that they will redo voting at 11 places in Inner Manipur. This is because the Election Commission said the first vote on April 19 didn’t count, so they need to vote again. The new voting will happen in different places, like Moirangkampu Sajeb and Thongam Leikai in Khurai, four spots in Kshetrigao, one in Thongju in Imphal East, and three in Uripok and one in Konthoujam in Imphal West.

Picture Showing Broken Chair of Presiding Officer after violence.

This decision comes as there were reports of violence and cheating during the first vote. There were incidents of shooting, scaring voters, and damaging voting machines. Some say that people took over voting booths, especially in an area where 72% of voters came out to vote in both Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur.

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Before they said there would be new voting, the Manipur Congress, led by President K Meghachandra, said they were worried about cheating in the election. They wanted new voting at 47 places because they told people to take over voting booths and cheat. They wanted action at 36 places in Inner Manipur and 11 in Outer Manipur.

In troubled Manipur, there were reports of shootings, threats, and damage to voting machines at many voting places during the first part of the Lok Sabha elections on April 19. People also said others took control of voting booths. This state has been dealing with fights between different ethnic groups since May of last year.

Visuals Of VVPAT were thrown outside of the Polling Booth.

In one shooting event, a person got hurt. During the Lok Sabha elections, There were fights at a voting booth in Moirangkampu Sajeb Awang Leikai of Imphal, Manipur. During this stressful time, the BJP and Congress blamed each other for starting fights and breaking the rules of behaving during elections. Even though fights are happening, Manipur has a history of many people voting. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, an impressive 82% of people came out to vote.

Since May last year, Manipur has been dealing with tensions between the Meitei and Kuki communities, leading to clashes. Over 200 people have died because of this fighting, and the problem is still not solved. In Manipur’s two Lok Sabha areas, the Outer Manipur seat voted in the first round on Friday and will vote again on April 26.

Earlier today, Congress asked for new voting in 47 voting places, saying people took over the booths and cheated in the elections. The president of Manipur Congress, K Meghachandra, said the party complained to the top election officer, asking for new voting in 36 places in Inner Manipur and 11 places in Outer Manipur.

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