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Thousands of displaced people from Manipur to miss out on voting

Imphal, April 12: The Election Commission has set out efforts to increase voting turnout for the Lok Sabha elections, inspite of the efforts thousands of voters, mostly tribals would miss to cast their vote in Manipur.

Over 12,000 people belonging to Kuki-Zomi communities in different phases took shelter in Mizoram and a large number of people of the tribal community shifted to other states after the ethnic violence broke out in Manipur on May 3 2023.

The Election Officials in Manipur and Mizoram separately said that they are yet to get any directions from the Election Commission to make arrangements for the displaced tribals sheltered outside Manipur to caste their vote.

The displaced 12,000 people taking shelter in different districts in Mizoram are unlikely to go to Manipur to exercise their rights.

Ten tribal Manipur MLAs, belonging to the Kuki-Zomi-Hmar community, had earlier urged the Election Commission to make special arrangements for the displaced tribals scattered in different parts of the country including Mizoram so that they can cast their vote.

The national average turnout in the 17th Lok Sabha election in 2019 was 67.40 per cent.


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