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Re-polling underway at 11 booths in Manipur

Re-polling is taking place today at 11 polling booths in the Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency following reports of violence during the first phase of Lok Sabha election on Friday.

Security has been tightened at the affected booths where miscreants opened fire and destroyed the Electronic Voting Machines.

The decision for re-polling was announced by the chief electoral officer of Manipur after the Election Commission of India declared the voting at these stations as void. Manipur saw a voter turnout of 69.18% till 7 pm on Friday.

Voting takes place from 7 am to 5 pm at the affected stations, which include Moirangkampu Sajeb Upper Primary School, S. Ibobi Primary School (East Wing) in Khurai, four booths in Kshetrigao, one in Thongju, three in Uripok, and one in Konthoujam.

On Friday, clashes erupted at several polling stations in the conflict-torn state after miscreants opened fire. One civilian was injured in the gunfire at Moirangkampu Sajeb Awang Leikai in Imphal.

“Suddenly, two men came and asked for the polling agents of the Congress and BJP. They took the Congress agent outside. Then they fired shots from inside the car, injuring one person,” said Block Level Officer Surbala Devi.

The first phase of voting on Friday covered all 32 assembly segments of Inner Manipur and 15 of Outer Manipur (ST) constituencies. Polling for the remaining 13 Outer Manipur segments will be held on April 26.

(Inputs from ANI)

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