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Special drives enrol 35000 more voters

Imphal, March 20: Two special drives held at polling booths across the state enrolled more than 35,000 newly eligible and left out voters in the electoral roll.

The state election office conducted the special drive at all the 2,662 polling stations across the state in two phases on March 9 and March 16 to give chance for enrolment to newly eligible candidates and those who were left out in the earlier enrolment exercises.

“More than 35,000 voters have been enrolled in the booth-level exercises across the state, which was held on March 9 and March 16,” joint electoral officer N. Praveen told The Telegraph.

In the exercises, booth-level officers put up the lists of voters of the particular polling station during the camp.

Those who could not find their names in the list took help from the booth-level officers in getting their names enrolled.

Before the special drives, the total number of voters in the list released in January was 17,39,005.

Chief electoral officer O. Nabakishore Singh said the special drive was to ensure all the eligible voters participate in the democratic exercise.

Praveen said Manipur had 18 lakh eligible voters.

“The total number of youths in the age group of 18 to 19 years in Manipur is 62,694. Of them, we could enrol 40,191,” Nabakishore Singh said.

The sources said names of more than 10,000 bogus voters were deleted from the list published in January last year. The total number of voters in the list released in January last year was 17,47, 889. The figure came down to 17,39,005 in the final list.

In addition to the special drive to enrol voters, the office of the chief electoral officer distributed T-shirts carrying election messages to youth clubs for use during sports festivals during the five-day long Yaoshang festival, which concluded today.

Manipur has two Lok Sabha seats. The Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency will go to the polls on April 9 and the Inner constituency will vote on April 17.

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