Manipur
Several polling stations will be manned by women in Manipur. Image Credit - Northeast Now

Polling parties in Manipur have left for their respective polling stations for the second phase polling for the Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency.

Polling will be held across 1,300 polling stations under four valley districts of the state on April 18 next. Polling will be held from 7am to 4pm.

There are a total number of 524 polling stations in Imphal West district out of which 26 polling stations (two in each constituency) will be exclusively manned by women and 13 model polling stations (one in each constituency) in the final phase of the election.

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This time round, in Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency, around 138 polling stations including 38 polling stations under Yaiskul Assembly Constituency in Imphal East district and 40 polling stations under Bishnupur Assembly constituency in Bishnupur district will be manned by women polling personnel. Interestingly, one polling station – 15/31 Lamlong Higher Secondary School polling stations under Imphal East district will be entirely manned by persons with disabilities (PwD).

To encourage and celebrate the festival of democracy, key chains and badges will be given to the first 50 voters and first time voters, respectively, at each polling station.

Special rooms will be provided to lactating mothers and special facilities for the senior citizens. The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Manipur, PK Singh, informed media persons that the first 50 voters will be given gifts from the CEO office during the polling day,

Block-level officers will be provided an amount of Rs 1,000 each so as to provide potable drinking water at the polling stations for the voters.

For the disabled, five vehicles each along with wheel chairs are reserved in each polling station to ensure pick up and drop facilities for the people who are visually impaired and electors with locomotive disabilities.

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They will be assisted by young volunteers who are under 18 years of age and the volunteers will be paid Rs 200 each as an incentive for their service rendered on the poll day.

Presiding officers have been instructed to take selfies with the senior citizens and share the photograph in the WhatsApp group of the Assistant Returning Officers.

Before the polling begins at 7 am tomorrow, the polling team and polling agents will conduct a mock poll at 6 am to ensure that all the EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) are “fully functional”.

To ensure hassle-free polling, sector officers will carry extra EVMs and other requirements accompanied by the Bell Engineers.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com

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