Tense Tamenglong ready to vote
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 22: The three Assembly Constituencies of Tamenglong district are ready to go to the polls under the shadow of the recent abduction of an Independent candidate from Tamenglong AC and his withdrawal from the race under duress as well as the diktats of the NSCN (K) banning the election in the said AC.

Despite the tense situation, the district administration has taken up all necessary measures to ensure that the election passes off peacefully in this district.

Talking to the media at his office chamber today, the Returning Officer of the district, T Pamei said that night patrolling has been enforced in the district headquarters, besides setting up checking points on the roads and conducting frisking of passers by.

IRB personnel could be seen patrolling the streets of Tamenglong in the evening today.

Out of the 124 polling stations spread across the district, three section of CRPF troops will be deployed at each booth in 30 polling stations, two section each in 50 polling stations and one section each in 44 stations, informed the DC.

Altogether 35 companies of CRPF have been detailed for duty in the district.

Three companies have been despatched for pre-poll duty while one company is being kept on static duty.

As per the instructions issued by the Election Commission of India, the security personnel were thoroughly briefed on their roles and responsibilities, informed the RO.

The polling stations to be inspected by the DC, SP and SDOs have also been worked out and identified, added Pamei.

Two Election Observers will also visit 20 polling stations in the interior areas.

Almost all the poling officials have reached their designated place of duty, added the RO.

On other measures taken up in connection with the election, the RO said that seven digital cameras will be used.

Polling officials and polling material such as the Electronic Voting Machines will be airlifted from 56 polling stations after the election, further informed T Pamei.

Additional security forces and EVMs are ready in case repoll is needed at any polling stations.

Asserting that the district administration is leaving nothing to chance, the RO said though the villagers are apprehensive, they have been assured full protection and urged to vote freely and without fear.