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Manipur Urban Polls Peaceful- Booth-Capturing Reported In Three Booths In Imphal West

IMPHAL, Jan. 3: Elections for urban local bodies was held peacefully in four valley districts of Manipur today. There were no reports of violence, barring some incidents of booth capturing.

Polling was held from 8am to 4pm in 350 polling stations in Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur and Thoubal districts. The polling was held for constituting eight municipal councils and 18 nagar panchayats in the four districts.

Ten councilors were elected uncontested, nine of whom belonged to the Congress and one was an Independent.

Four national parties, the Congress, the CPI, the BJP and the NCP, and one regional party, the Manipur Peoples Party (MPP), were in the fray.

Altogether 1,666 candidates are in the fray. More than 2.19 lakh voters exercised their polling franchise.

The counting will be held on January 7 and the entire poll process will be completed by January 11.

For the first time, polling was held simultaneously to elect two members of the ward development committee in each of the wards. This is also the first time that ward development committees are being constituted in 279 wards.

The councilors of the wards will be the chairmen of the development committees. The government will nominate two members for each of the committees, which will look into development of the respective wards.

‘The voting was by and large peaceful though there were reports of trouble in three polling booths in Imphal West. The trend says the voter turnout was good. We are yet to receive the poll percentage,’ Th. Chitra Devi, the secretary of the state election commission, which is responsible for holding the election, said.

She said, in some polling booths the poll percentage was as high as 90 per cent by 3pm.

She said there were unconfirmed reports of booth-capturing in three polling stations of Lilong nagar panchayat in Imphal West. This was according to the detailed reports from the respective presiding officers.

‘Re-polling or otherwise would be decided only after receiving the full details,’ Chitra Devi said.

Elaborate security measures were implemented for smooth conduct of the polls.

The elections did not cover the Imphal municipal council. Its term will expire in May.

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(Courtesy: Telegraph India)

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