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Voting process for Manipur’s absentee voters starts Monday

The absentee voting system allows those serving in essential services, senior citizens aged above 80 and persons with disabilities to register the votes through postal ballot.

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Imphal: Polling officials will start visiting residences of absentee voters from Monday for the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections on Feb 28, an official said on Sunday.

The absentee voting system allows those serving in essential services, senior citizens aged above 80 and persons with disabilities to register the votes through postal ballot.

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To help voters above 80 years of age and those with physical disabilities, polling officials will visit the residences so that these sections of the electorate need not come to the polling stations on the day of voting.

Postal ballots are extremely important in the constituencies where candidates win by a slender margin. So candidates try their best to ensure people cast their postal ballots. Absentee voters, and media persons on duty with election authority letters, cast their votes by using postal ballots.

DEO, Imphal West district, Th Kirankumar said polling officials will visit the residences of 3278 absentee voters – 2834 of them above 80 years of age and 444 others with physical disabilities = in the district from Monday. As there is a large number of absentee voters, the Imphal West district spanning 13 constituencies will be covered by 55 polling teams. Over two days, the teams will try to cover all the absentee voters, he said.

The teams will try to reach out to all those persons who were missed in the first campaign by making a second trip on Feb 25, Kirankumar said. The officials’ visit to the residences of senior citizens and people with disabilities will be done by giving prior information through SMS. As for service voters, postal ballots and the required documents have already been already sent to the voters electronically and all ballot papers can be submitted by 7-59 AM on March 10.

Special arrangements were also made for officials on election duty by asking them to submit a form within a specified date and time. Arrangments have been made for monitoring of vehicles carrying EVMs, webcasting of the voting process and use of mobile apps by officials to monitor the elections. In the 2017 Assembly elections, RK Imo of Congress defeated Kh Loken of BJP by just 19 votes as RK Imo got 155 postal votes against 126 received by Loken.

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