Imphal: The Election Commission of India Saturday announced poll dates for 60 seats of the Manipur assembly.
The poll body followed its 2017 move to hold the assembly elections in two phases. However, given the COVID-19 threat, the number of voters per booth has been reduced and increased the polling time by one hour.
The commission urged all entities including political parties, candidates, and electors to follow covid guidelines.
No physical procession or rally is allowed till January 15. The commission will review the dynamic situation on January 15 and further oder will be issued.
Manipur Assembly Election 2022 Phase I
Issue of Notification: February 1
Last Date of Nomination: February 8
Scrutiny of Nomination: February 9
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: February 11
Date of polls: February 27
Manipur Assembly Election 2022 Phase II
Issue of Notification: February 4
Last Date of Nomination: February 11
Scrutiny of Nomination: February 14
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: February 16
Date of polls: March 3
The tenure of the 60-seat Manipur Legislative Assembly is scheduled to end on March 19, 2022. The final voter list was released earlier this week.
The poll schedule for assembly elections 2022 in states including Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Punjab has been announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Manipur Legislative Assembly Election 2017
The previous assembly elections were held in March 2017 with the BJP coming to power in the state for the first time.
Even though Congress emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats, eight Congress MLAs left the party later. BJP won 21 seats and formed the coalition government along with National People’s Party (NPP), Naga People’s Front, and Lok Janshakti Party, with N Biren Singh becoming the state chief minister.
The NPP is a key partner of the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur and the party has two ministers in the government, including the deputy chief minister.
Manipur Legislative Assembly Election – Pre Poll Alliance
NPP and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma said the party has finalised 30 plus candidates for Manipur assembly polls. Hinting that the NPP will contest the election on its own, the leader said more candidates may join in later. The NPP contested nine seats in 2017.
The Manipur unit of Congress has also stepped up efforts ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. The Congress screening committee for Manipur was formed in November 2021 and is headed by former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh including members Rakibul Hussain, MLA, and Pradyut Bordoloi, MP. With agency inputs