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Kuki rebels in truce to cast postal ballots

Imphal: Kuki militants of Manipur, who have signed a ceasefire pact with the federal government, will solid their votes through postal ballots within the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Voting within the state’s two Lok Sabha seats — Outer Manipur constituency comprising the hill districts and Inner Manipur protecting the valley districts — will probably be hung on April 11 and April 18 respectively.

On Monday, the Election Commission (EC) notified that the cadres who are enrolled at the electoral list and hanging up at their respective designated camps set up by the federal government are entitled to vote by postal ballots. Over 20 Kuki militant groups working within the state below two umbrella groups — United People’s Front (UPF) and Kuki National Organisation (KNO) — had signed a tripartite Suspension of Operation (Soo) with the state and the Centre in 2008.

While there are 17 seventeen rebel groups below KNO, eight others are below UPF. The cadres of both these groups are recently hanging up at designated camps set up by the federal government in Kuki-dominated spaces of the state. The technique of keeping political dialogue with the militant groups, that are demanding a separate Kuki land, has already began.

The EC said the assistant returning officers (AROs) and nodal officers appointed for these camps must be accountable for offering the prescribed bureaucracy and accumulating sealed envelopes containing postal ballots to be dropped in drop boxes by the notified electors. The AROs shall also ensure that the marked postal ballots achieve the returning officers well before the counting of votes, said the notification launched by Manipur chief electoral officer PK Singh.

The notice appealed to the entire contesting candidates, their election brokers, representatives of quite a lot of political events and different stakeholders concerned to increase their cooperation.

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