Villagers vow to not cast vote in Manipur ADC re-poll over absence of polling station

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IMPHAL, June 3: Villagers of N Mollen village in 24-Bongbal Khullen Constituency under Saikhul Sub-Division, Sadar Hills in Senapati district have resolved to not cast vote in re-poll whenever it is to be conducted if a separate polling station for electorates of the village is not set up.

Addressing a press meet somewhere in Imphal this evening, chief of N Mollen village Ngailam Haokip said that voters of Salam Patong village, Thangza village and N Mollen village have been casting their vote for MP and MLA election only at Polling Station No 24/4 in respect of 24-Bongbal Khullen Constituency.

He elaborated that the polling station is situated at Salam Patong, making it hard for voters of N Mollen village to travel up to the polling station to exercise their franchise.

Voters of the village had to travel a distance of 18-km to cast vote at the polling station. Since most of the voters are poor people, they could not hire vehicle for travelling up to the polling station. A considerable amount of time is taken if travel by foot as the voters had to pass through hill road to reach the polling station. Due to such conditions, there have been instances where many voters of the village could not cast their valuable vote, the village chief lamented.

Claiming that when voters of the village went to cast vote at the polling station for the just concluded Autonomous District (ADC) election, it came to know that their vote had already been cast, he said that the voters were shocked by the stunning revelation.

Given such unwarranted situation, a separate polling station for N Mollen village having 164 eligible voters is much required. Therefore, the voters of the village have decided to not cast vote in re-poll at the polling station at Salam Patong whenever it is to be conducted, he made it clear.

Chairman of N Mollen village Thoumang Haokip and chairperson of village women committee Lamnam Touthang were also present during the meet.

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