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ECI keeping close eye on pre-poll violence in Manipur: CEO

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Manipur, Rajesh Agrawal (middle)

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Manipur, Rajesh Agrawal seeks support from all political parties to ensure smooth, free and fair election in the state

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The Election Commission of India is keeping a close eye on the rampant pre-poll violence in some constituencies of Manipur and concerned administrative authorities have been instructed to take necessary precautions and actions.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Manipur, Rajesh Agrawal made the remark on Saturday during a meeting with the representatives of recognised national and state political parties functioning in Manipur at the Conference Hall of the CEO, Office Lamphelpat, as per official sources.

He appealed to all the stakeholders and political parties to cooperate in maintaining normalcy.

The CEO also sought support from the political parties to ensure conduct of a smooth, free and fair election in the state. He also mentioned that the officials of the ECI had recently visited the state to monitor the preparedness of the conduct of the upcoming State Assembly Election, 2022.

The CEO briefed the representatives of recognised national and state political parties about the programme of Special Summary Revision with respect to January 1, 2022 as qualifying date wherein the Draft Electoral Rolls will be published on November 1, 2021.

Rajesh Agrawal requested the representatives of the political parties to make timely claims and objections from November 1, 2021 till November 30, 2021 and further informed that the list of claims and objections will be made available on the CEO’s website.

Stating that special camps will be held on November 13, 14, 27 and 28 where booth level officers will be present at their respective polling stations, he also appealed to all the representatives of political parties to appoint booth level agents and participate in the special camps to ensure enrolment of eligible electors.

He also stated that 65 additional polling stations have been approved by the ECI and permission for shifting of 86 polling stations has been granted. Auxiliary polling stations, if required, will also be considered. He also suggested the advantage of converging multiple polling stations into a suitable location or campus, especially in urban areas.

Representatives of political parties expressed views concerning the provision for availing voting facility by the eligible voters staying outside the state.

The programme was also attended by additional CEO, Manipur, Naorem Praveen Singh, Joint CEO, Manipur, Ramananda Nongmeikapam, database administrator (CEO), L Sujata Devi and coordinator, permanent media cell & state nodal officer for media, W Phajatombi and officials concerned.

It may be mentioned that the schedule of Special Summary Revision 2022 had already been issued by CEO, Manipur – the Publication of Integrated Draft Electoral Roll is scheduled on November 1, 2021; Period of filing claims and objections is from November 1 to 30; Special Campaign at all polling station locations are to be held on November 13 & 14 and 27 & 28. The disposal of claims and objections will be done by December 20, 2021. The final electoral roll will be published on January 5, 2022.

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