Imphal, October 25: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has assured that the forthcoming State Assembly Election will be conducted in one go and there will also be video coverage of all the polling stations in the state.
Speaking to media persons at a press conference, Shantikumar Sharma, BJP, Manipur Pradesh, said that in a meeting convened yesterday between the leaders of BJP, Manipur Pradesh and members of ECI, the party had submitted a memorandum to ECI through its member, Bermma, demanding deployment of paramilitary force only in the 10th State Assembly Election, video coverage of all the polling stations during the election to control any unwanted incident from happening during election, make the SoO signatories to stay in the designated camps during the election and also to control the use of money to woo the voters during the election.
After a thorough review of the memorandum submitted by the BJP, Manipur Pradesh, the delegates of ECI said that all the proposals are genuine and it should be put into practice. Elections if held in the hills and the plains in different phases will not only create a huge problem but also increase the number of double voting practices in the state. As such the ECI has assured them that elections will be done on a single day, he said.
In a proposal made by the BJP, Manipur Pradesh regarding video coverage of sensitive polling stations, the ECI delegates said that there is nothing as hyper sensitive, sensitive or normal; all polling station will be given video coverage. The delegates of ECI will also meet the Home Department with regard to make the SoO signatories to strictly stay in their designated camps during elections so as to check them from dictating on the issue of election in the state.
However, he said they were not satisfied with Prime Minister Manmohon Singh’s remarks when he said that the Central Government was considering the proposal of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj for a visit to Manipur by leaders of all political parties headed by him. It is very unfortunate on the part of the Prime Minister that no response came from his side when the BJP National Leaders enquired about the ongoing economic blockade in Manipur, where the majority of the people are suffering.
Vice President of BJP, Manipur Pradesh, Tiken said that in almost all the 20 assembly segments of the hill districts of the state, the majority of voters have not been getting the opportunity to cast their votes in favour of any party or candidate of their choice for the last 60 years, as such the party has urged the ECI to deploy Central forces in the election to the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly in place of state forces and demanded installation of video cameras in all the hypersensitive polling booths in the valley.
Source: Hueiyen Lanpao