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‘EVMs, VVPATs destroyed, booths captured’: CEO seeks re-poll at 6 stations in Manipur

Imphal, April 20: Alleging that miscreants had destroyed voting machines and captured booths, the Manipur joint chief electoral officer sought re-polling at six booths in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency on Saturday.
In his letter to Election Commission of India (ECI) secretary Madhusudan Gupta, Joint Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur, Ramananda Nongmeikapam cited eruption of mob violence and instances of booth capturing, destruction of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter-verifiable paper audit trails (VVPATs) as the reason for seeking re-polling.
While five polling stations are in Imphal West district, one of them is in Imphal East. At the polling station in Imphal East, a mob set fire to EVMs, VVPATs and other poll-related documents after miscreants shot at an elderly man, injuring him, Nongmeikapam said, adding that incidents of booth capturing and mob violence were seen in the polling stations in Imphal West district.
At one of the polling stations, a group of unidentified persons forced 61 people to vote for the candidate they wanted, he said.
Polling in the two parliamentary seats in Manipur was held on Friday under the first phase. The state recorded a 72.17 per cent voter turnout. (Courtesy: IE)