New Delhi: In an unprecedented step to curb
rigging and impersonation in polls, the Election Commission
on Thursday decided every voter in assembly poll-bound Manipur the
state will be photographed during voting and ordered the
removal of state police chief Y Joykumar Singh.
The actions were taken by the Election Commission during
its comprehensive review of election-preparedness in Manipur
which is the first of the five states to go to polls on
After the review meeting, Chief Election Commissioner S Y
Quraishi said that for the first time in the country, the
Commission has decided to get every voter photographed at the
time of putting the ink-mark.
The step, Quraishi said, will help ensure there is no
bogus voting and no voter is impersonated during polling.
An EC official said the Commission has ordered the removal
of Director General of Police Y Joykumar Singh "following
inputs" from various quarters, including those from political
parties in the state.
Singh has been replaced by Ratnakar Bral who has already
taken over as DGP.
The EC team led by Quraishi and Election Commissioners VS
Sampath and H S Brahma held meetings for checking the security
arrangements, logistics and infrastructure for polling to
elect the 60-member state assembly.