UNC on CEO's radar
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 02: Even as the Election Commission of India has given its approval to the proposal for transportation of the displaced voters of Khengjoi block to exercise their franchise at two designated polling stations, the Chief Election Officer (CEO) of the State has given directives to all the Deputy Commissioners of the hill districts to submit reports on the alleged threat issued by UNC on �other� Naga independent candidates who are not its �consensus candidates�.

Disclosing this information while interacting with mediapersons at the office of the DIPR this evening, CEO RR Rashmi said instead of setting up seven polling stations for the displaced voters of villages under Khengjoi Block, the Commission has agreed arrange transportations of the voters to Laijang and Holenjang to cast their votes.

The Deputy Commissioner of Chandel district would be responsible for making the necessary arrangement for transportation of the voters who have fled their homesteads following the outbreak of clashes between the underground activists and the security forces, the CEO informed.

The CEO further disclosed that the Deputy Commissioners of Tamenglong, Chandel, Ukhrul and Senapati Districts have been instructed to submit report on the alleged imposition of restriction and threat by UNC on other Naga independent candidates in the hill districts who are not nominated by UNC.

Replying to a question, the Chief Election Officer said Army and Paramilitary personnel would be deployed during the election to provide the needed security environment.

Deputy Election Commissioner JP Prakash would arrive at Imphal tomorrow, and during his stay here, he would have joint meetings with the election observers.