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Repoll ordered in Ibobi seat

Imphal, April 18: Repolling will be held in one polling station in chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s constituency of Thoubal, where there was more than 100 per cent polling during yesterday’s voting in the Inner Manipur constituency.

Chief electoral officer O. Nabakishore Singh said no date had been fixed for holding repolling in this station.

He said polling station number 31/1 Moijing (A) polled two votes more than the total number of voters in the electoral roll.

Moijing (A) list has 771 voters. However, when polling was over at 4pm yesterday, it was found that 773 votes were cast in this polling station.

“According to the recommendation of the assistant returning officer of Thoubal, we will request the Election Commission to hold repoll in this polling station,” Nabakishore Singh said.

Repoll was held in four polling stations on Saturday in Outer Manipur, where election was held on April 9 after the four polling stations polled more than 100 per cent votes.

With Ibobi Singh representing the Assembly constituency of Thoubal, the ruling Congress has a strong base there.

Sitting MP Thokchom Meinya Singh of the Congress is having a keen contest with his traditional rival Moirangthem Nara Singh of the CPI in the Inner Manipur seat.

Meinya Singh is seeking re-election for the third time. He had defeated Nara Singh in the last two parliamentary elections.

Barring boycott by the voters in four polling stations in Bishnupur district, yesterday’s polling was trouble free with a voter turnout of 75 per cent.

The turnout in the 2009 Lok Sabha election in the Inner Manipur seat was 70 per cent.

Nabakishore Singh said his office was examining reports of the assistant returning officers to see if any more of the stations needed repoll.

“We will make recommendations for repoll for stations wherever required after examining the reports. But we will recommend repoll next week,” the chief electoral officer said.

The CPI candidate demanded repoll in two other polling stations — one in Thoubal Assembly constituency and the other in Lamsang Assembly constituency in Imphal West — alleging rigging by the Congress.

Nara Singh, in a complaint to the chief electoral officer, demanded repoll for Leishangthem polling station in Thoubal Assembly constituency and Khonghampat in Lamsang Assembly constituency, alleging that the Congress rigged the polls.

Nara Singh charged that Meinya Singh was outside the Khonghampat polling station while rigging was in progress inside the booth in the final hours of voting yesterday.

“The Congress committed widespread malpractice yesterday,” Nara Singh said.