71 polling stations identified as hyper sensitive
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 19: A meeting presided by Imphal East DC KK Chettry today identified 71 polling stations in Imphal East as hyper sensitive.

The standing committee meeting was held at the conference hall of the DC office to ensure stringent enforcement of the election code of conduct in the district.

The meeting was attended by representatives of different political parties, ROs and security officials.

Speaking at the meeting, Chettry appealed to all political parties to abide by the code of conduct.

Taking into account of the incidents of booth capturing, seizure of ballot papers and proxy voting in the previous elections held in the State, there is strong apprehension that such incidents may rise this time.

As such, altogether 45 to 48 companies of paramilitary forces have been arranged to ward off such unfair and illegal actions.

Saying that adequate security personnel would be deployed in all the polling stations including Jiribam, DC Chettry disclosed two sections of security personnel would be deployed in the hyper sensitive areas.

Conveying strong apprehension of increased violence in the ensuing elections, the ROs present in the meeting also appealed to all the candidates and other concerned individuals to abide by the code of conduct.

Police officers attending the meeting assured to take up all possible preventive measures so that the ensuing elections are by and large peaceful.

Representatives of INC, MPP and CPM pledge to abide by the code of conduct.

Another such meeting of the Imphal East Standing Committee was convened by the DC on February 4.