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Re-poll likely in many Manipur constituencies

Friday, February 17, 2012

/ Published by Simon L Infimate
IMPHAL, Feb 16 – Against the backdrop of charges fro'm various political parties that the Election Commission of India has done nothing on the issue of proxy voting, the poll panel has instructed the State Chief Election Officer to get prepared for re-poll in constituencies where violation of poll code of conduct has been alleged during the January 28 Manipur elections, an official source said here today.
A photo comparison task, using computer for facial recognition to determine proxy voting or double-voting, is now on under the supervision of Manipur CEO Lawmkunga and the same will be completed by February 20, the source added.

The CEO will have a video-conference with ECI on February 21 after completion of the facial determination process, the source added.

Even today, a video-conference was held between the ECI officials and the State CEO during which the former raised questions on the reliability of the facial recognition software, the source added.

A team of top ECI officials, including Alok Shukla, Anus Jaipuria and the three observers who conducted photo comparison work here a few days ago, will be coming to Imphal on February 22.

It said the ECI will declare the re-poll date on February 23, adding that the re-poll is likely to be held on March 1 or 2.

~Newmai News
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