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24 polling stations in Mayang Imphal identified as vulnerable

The 23-Mayang Imphal had recorded the highest voter turnout of 94.37 percent in the 2017 Assembly election among the 13 Assembly Constituencies in Imphal West District, but there is no transgender elector enrolled in the constituency for the 2022 elections

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Imphal: The 23-Mayang Imphal had recorded the highest voter turnout of 94.37 percent in the 2017 Assembly election among the 13 Assembly Constituencies in Imphal West District, but there is no transgender elector enrolled in the constituency for the 2022 elections, said Returning Officer H Sukumar Singh, adding that every third gender should have enrolled themselves in the electoral list as they have equal right in the democratic process. 

The Returning Officer further stated that 23-Mayang Imphal AC has 31,813 electors out of which 15,313 are male and 16,500 are female electors. The constituency, which has no identified transgender electors, has 219 PwD electors and 406 electors above 80 years. 175 electors have been found eligible for Postal Ballot (12D) for Absentee Voters.

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Sukumar continued that out of the 41 polling stations in the constituency, 24 have been identified as vulnerable polling stations for the ensuing Assembly election. 23/1-Samushang Shantipur and 23/9-Mayang Imphal Thana Awang Leikai Sorok Maning have been identified as Model cum Women Polling Stations.

Md Abdul Latif, an Independent candidate, became the first MLA to represent 23-Mayang Imphal-AC in the Manipur Legislative Assembly by defeating Manipur People’s Party candidate Khaidem Gulamjat Singh in the State Assembly Elections, 1972. Abdul Latif, contesting on MPP ticket, retained the seat for the second time defeating Khaidem Mangol of the Communist Party of India in the 1974 Assembly Elections.

Khumujam Amutombi Singh and Meinam Nilachandra Singh alternatively represented of the constituency from 1980 to 2002. In the 1980 State Assembly Elections, Khumujam Amutombi Singh of the Indian National Congress (Indira) defeated Md. Abdul Latif of the Janata Party.

Amutombi, who fought as Indian National Congress candidate, lost to Janata Party’s Meinam Nilachandra Singh in the 1984 election; however, in the 1990 Assembly elections, Amutombi contested as Janata Dal candidate and defeated Nilachandra, who contested the election as the INC candidate.

INC’s Nilachandra defeated JD’s Amutombi in the 6th Manipur Legislative Assembly Elections, 1995. Amutombi once again returned as the INC candidate in the 2000 election and defeated Nilachandra, who contested the election as the Manipur State Congress Party candidate.

Nilachandra contested the 2002 election as the Federal Party of Manipur candidate and defeated Abdul Salam of the Manipur National Conference to return to the Manipur Legislative Assembly.

INC’s Dr. Khumujam Ratankumar Singh, son of former MLA Khumujam Amutombi Singh, defeated Maulana Abdul Salam of the Nationalist Congress Party in the 2007 election. In the 10th Manipur Assembly Elections, 2012, Khumujam Ratankumar defended the seat defeating Kongkham Manglem Singh of the All India Trinamool Congress. However, in the 2017 Assembly Elections, Kongkham Manglem’s son Kongkham Robindro Singh, who contested on Bharatiya Janata Party ticket, defeated INC’s Dr.Khumujam Ratankumar Singh. 

23-Mayang Imphal has three candidates in the fray for the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly Elections, 2022. They are Deputy Speaker and sitting MLA Kongkham Robindro Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian National Congress candidate Dr. Khumujam Ratankumar Singh and National People’s Party candidate Urikhimbam Ramesh Singh.

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