Lesser turn out in rural areas predicted in polls
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, April 15: Political analysts who have been closely monitoring electioneering in the State have today predicted that voters turnout would be comparatively less in the rural areas than in the city areas due to the ban imposed by various proscribed outfits on the upcoming polls.

According to the political analysts, elections for the Outer will be successfully conducted but then possibility of unwanted incidents taking place during the course of the polls were not ruled out.

On the other hand, the ban of the UGs is most likely to have a greater impact in the Inner constituency for which the poll been scheduled on April 26.As voters turn out are likely to be very low this time, chances of capturing booths in the rural areas is also very high, observed the analysts and added that the upcoming polls would be meaningless if the majority of the masses stay away from the polls fearing reprisal from the militants.

According to a survey conducted by this reporter in connection with the Outer elections which has been scheduled on April 20, it is believed that the ban will not have any impact in the Dist HQs of the Outer constituency but still the case may be a different story in the remote areas where some of the UG groups are concentrated.

Although election fever has caught the Outer constituency in the last few days with election campaigns and meetings being conducted in full swing, electioneering in the Inner constituency is muted due to the fear of the UGs who have imposed a complete ban on all activities related to the upcoming polls.

Meanwhile, a highly placed source informed that all polling personnel who have been entrusted with election duties will be sent to their respective polling stations only on the day of the polls along with with security personnel.