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Latest NewsLok Sabha election 2024: Repoll ordered at 11 Manipur booths after ‘rigging’

Lok Sabha election 2024: Repoll ordered at 11 Manipur booths after ‘rigging’


New Delhi: Following reports of widespread violence in various parts of Manipur during polling for the first phase of the on April 19, the Election Commission today ordered repolling in 11 polling stations in the Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency on April 22.

The affected polling stations are Moirangkampu Sajeb and Thongam Leikai in Khurai constituency, four in Kshetrigao and one in Thongju in Imphal East district and three in Uripok and one in Konthoujam in Imphal West district, an official said.

Incidents of firing, intimidation, destruction of EVMs at some polling booths and allegations of booth capturing were reported from conflict-hit Manipur that recorded a turnout of 72 per cent in the two Lok Sabha constituencies — Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur — on Friday.

Earlier in the day, the Congress had demanded repoll in 47 polling stations alleging that booths were captured and elections were rigged. Manipur Congress chief K Meghachandra said the party had lodged a complaint demanding repoll in 36 polling stations in Inner Manipur constituency and 11 in Outer Manipur. K Meghachandra said: “Armed miscreants have been threatening Congress candidate Angomcha Bimol Akoijam and party election agents for some days.”

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