JD (U) presses EC to take action against defaulting officers

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IMPHAL, Feb 17: Janata Dal-United, Manipur state unit has demanded the Election Commission of India and state chief electoral officer to take stringent action against those polling officers who had allowed mass proxy voting in Saitu constituency of Senapati district using impersonation tactics.

In eight polling stations under Saitu constituency, some of the voters cast proxy votes, even three to four times. For instance, in Pangmol-B 51/22 (N. Songlung), one elector, namely Khaikam, serial no. 1 in the electoral roll, cast proxy votes of Letkhongam and Kaikam whose serial numbers were 177 and 181 respectively, according to Seimang Khongsai, chief election agent of Semkholal L.S. Haokip of the constituency.

“The CEO office is full of errors and corruption,” Manipur State JD (U) general secretary Len Gangte alleged while speaking to the media at the party’s office here.

“The ECI and CEO should take up action against the polling officers of Saitu constituency or JD (U) will take the help of law,” Manipur unit JD (U) president M. Tombi who was also present at the press meet stressed.

He, however, said the party has welcomed the ECI decision to hold re-poll in various polling booths where polling norms have been violated and appealed the election authorities for proper conduct of screening of voters before polling.

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