Imphal: Let’s ensure a peaceful poll day sans violence and enjoy our right to vote on February 28 in a free and fair manner, said 21-Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC Returning Officer Scindia Laipubam appealing to the people of the constituency to participate in the election process peacefully.
Stating that the constituency witnessed 92.12 percent voting in the last State Assembly Election in 2017, she appealed to each and every elector of the constituency to participate in the electoral process and ensure a higher voting percentage in the ensuing election.
21-Naoriya Pakhanglakpa Assembly Constituency has 47 Polling Stations with 5 sectors and 188 Polling Officials. 21/30 Ningombam (Ningombam Junior High School) with 1943 electors has the highest number of electors and 21/6 Naoriya Pakhanglakpa (Naoriya Pakhanglakpa Lourembam Leikai Mayai Anganwadi Centre) has the lowest number of electors with 370 electors. The two Polling Stations of 21/4-Heinoukhongnembi (Regular English High School) and 21/32-Malom Tuliyaima (Malom Megha High School) have been identified as Model cum Women Polling Stations.
The constituency, she said, has 34,676 electors including 18,040 females, 16,630 males, 352 PwDs, 611 electors above 80 years, two above 100 years and six transgender electors. A total of 367 electors, who had opted for Postal Ballot (12D) for Absentee Voters including 285 Absentee Voters for Senior Citizens and 82 Absentee Voters for PwD have been found eligible in the constituency.
She said Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC has four candidates in fray. The candidates are Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Sagolshem Kebi Devi, ex-MLA and National People’s Party candidate Soibam Subhaschandra Singh, Indian National Congress candidate Soraisham Manaoton Singh and Janata Dal (United) candidate Konthoujam Manoranjan Singh.
In the 1st State Legislative Assembly, 18-Malom-Hiyangthang Assembly Constituency, later known as 21-Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC, was represented by Tokpam Sanajaoba of the Manipur People’s Party, who defeated RK Ranbir of Indian National Congress in the 1972 elections.
In the 1974 State Assembly Elections, MPP’s Tokpam Sanajaoba defeated Indian National Congress candidate Wahengbam Angou to lay his claim to the 21-Naoriya Pakhanglakpa seat.
Following the defeat in the 1974 election, Wahengbam Angou Singh came back stronger and won three subsequent elections in 1980, 1984 and 1990 defeating Manipur People’s Party candidate Akoijam Ibobi in the 1980 and 1984 elections and AK Langam of MPP in 1990. In the 1980 election, Angou contested as the INC (U) candidate and as INC candidate in 1984 and 1990.
In the 1995 Assembly elections, Independent candidate AK Langam defeated the sitting MLA Angou to represent the constituency in the State Assembly.
For two consecutive terms, Naoriya Pakhanglakpa sent a woman representative to the Manipur Legislative Assembly, electing Wahengbam Leima Devi in the 2000 and 2002 Assembly elections. In the 2000 Assembly Elections, Leima defeated Akoijam Ibobi of the Samata Party and RK Anand of the Democratic Revolutionary People’s Party in the 2002 elections.
In the next Assembly election, 2007, RK Anand, contesting on a MPP ticket, defeated Keisham Rojenkumar Singh of the Rashtriya Janata Dal to represent 21-Naoriya Pakhanglakpa in the State Assembly. Anand retained the seat winning the 10th Manipur Assembly Elections, 2012 with INC ticket. He defeated Keisham Rojenkumar Singh of the All India Trinamool Congress again.In the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly Elections, 2017, Soibam Subhashchandra Singh defeated sitting MLA RK Anand to represent the constituency.