Campaigning for 2nd phase poll in 20 hill seats ends
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 19: Campaigning for the second phase Assembly election in 20 hill constituencies of the State, to be held on February 21 ended at 4 pm today with no major incidents of violence being reported.

Polling personnel for the election have started moving out of respective district headquarters' to their areas of duty since February 17.The posting of poll personnel will continue till February 20 for polling stations located nearby.

Choppers will be used in the election, according to official sources.

Poll personnel for several centres in Chandel and Tengnoupal ACs have started leaving since yesterday.

Most of the personnel will be walking for several kms on foot taking poll materials as several centres are not motorable.

The remaining poll personnel for 36 centres will leave tomorrow.

Poll personnel for 159 voting centres across Churachandpur district have today left the district HQs for their respective duties.

The personnel departed in 25 Tata trucks, 9 Shaktiman trucks and 12 buses, said a Government statement.

The personnel for the remaining 77 centres will leave tomorrow.

Poll personnel for 133 centres in Ukhrul district have also left the district HQs today.

The remaining will leave tomorrow.

In Tamenglong, officials for 53 centres left today.

The officials for the remaining 46 centres will leave tomorrow.

Personnel for the 115 centres in Saikul, Saitu and Kangpokpi AC left for their respective duties today.

The remaining will leave tomorrow.

Poll parties for 145 centres in Karong, Mao and Tadubi ACs left Senapati district HQs today.

Meanwhile, the Poumai Naga Baptist Association, Senapati district has appealed to the people to vote without fear and intimidation.

Only an honest franchise could elect a true leader whereas voting through bribery, revelry and manipulation will ruin the nation, the association said in a statement.

Stressing the need of adhering to the teachings of Christianity, the Church body lamented the rampant indulgence of youths in drinking bouts, accepting bribes and revelry during election time whilst forgetting their duties.

Selling one's vote is selling one's faith, testimony and his future.

Buying one's vote welcomes people's condemnation and temporary leadership, the release said.

Stability of leadership begins from stability of mind of the voters.