No age bar; Class V student exercise adult franchise rights
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 23: Polling day at Tamenglong was a mixed bag of peace, �booth capturing� and an interesting incident of a Class V student fudging his age and exercising the adult franchise rights.

Though tension was high, the election passed off peacefully except at three polling stations where altercations ensued.

Under the cloud of the ban announced on the election by the NSCN (K), the three Assembly segments in Tamenglong district, Tamenglong AC, Nungba AC and Tamei AC witnessed brisk polling.

People started coming out to cast their votes from early morning and long serpentine queues could be seen at many polling stations.

According to an official source polling process was disrupted at Kabui Khullen, Oktal and Singgra in Tamenglong AC and repoll is likely to be held for the three polling stations, though no final decision has been taken.

Though no report has been received from the Presiding Officer, a source said that there were cases of booth capturing at the said three polling stations.

At Tamei AC, booth capturing is reported from 52/33 polling station though no report has been received from the presiding officer.

Though Independent candidate, K Panmei had announced that he has withdrawn from the poll his supporters could be seen in large number at Tamenglong AC.

At the Nungba HS polling station, a class V student was seen casting his vote through an identity card that put his age at 23! A polling official on being asked why a minor was allowed to cast his vote, said that if the name is found in the electoral list, the voter is allowed to vote to avert trouble.

A CRPF official, during an informal chat with this reporter said that one person turned up and wanted to cast the vote for his entire family.

The man was stopped, he said and added that even Class II students turned up to vote.

At Tamenglong AC, Independent candidate Dipao Panmei said that the election was free and fair without any disturbance.

The chief agent of INC candidate in the same AC echoed the same thoughts and said that the election was free and fair.

He however hastened to add that some voters were threatened in the interior areas.