EC Observers in Manipur to check photographs of voters

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 12, 2012 13:14 hrs

Imphal: Following complaints of bogus voting in some polling stations in Manipur during the Assembly elections, three observers from the Election Commission on Sunday arrived here to verify the photos of voters, officials said.

Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal Sunil Gupta, D K Pandey of CRPF (Ranchi) and Gaurav Dwivedi from the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at New Delhi would verify the photographs of voters taken during the polling with the photos in electoral rolls.

Along with Manipur election officials, the observers would check the photos of the voters only in the polling stations from where the EC had received complaints of irregularities.

"Every effort would be made to ensure that all irregularities are rectified so that votes of only genuine voters are counted, they said.

Of the total 17 lakh voters, about 13 lakh people had exercised their franchise in the Assembly elections held on January 28.

Photographs of all the voters were taken during the polling, but photos of about 21,000 people could not be taken due to problems in mobile cameras.

Some political parties have complained to the state election office about bogus voting.

The counting of votes for the 60-member Manipur assembly would be taken up on March 6.

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