Manipur 2017

Campaigning for second phase of Manipur polls ends

A Manipuri woman looks on as BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav (unseen) arrives to address an election rally for BJP’s only muslim candidate Anwar Husussain in Lilong constituency in Thoubal district of Manipur.

A Manipuri woman looks on as BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav (unseen) arrives to address an election rally for BJP’s only muslim candidate Anwar Husussain in Lilong constituency in Thoubal district of Manipur.   | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar

Campaigning for the second and final phase of polls in Manipur ended on Monday afternoon. Polling in 22 constituencies will be held on Wednesday. The first phase of poll in 38 constituencies concluded on March 4 with a poll percentage of 86.5.

Two chief ministerial candidates — Okram Ibobi Singh and Irom Sharmila — will contest in the final phase.

There are 98 candidates in the fray for Wednesday’s poll. There are four women candidates of which Sharmila is one.

Election commission officials said that helicopters will be used to airlift poll materials, officials and security personnel for remote polling stations. Many of the 1,151 polling stations are located in hard to access hill stations.

T. Radheshyam, IPS had recently resigned to contest the elections in the Heirok constituency as a BJP candidate. Two other former IPS officers had contested in the first phase of polls.

Some of the constituencies on Wednesday’s polls witnessed pre-poll clashes. Security measures have been beefed up to maintain law and order. It is for the first time that police and state forces personnel have not been given any poll assignments.

The Election commission had ordered registration of FIRs against eight editors for publishing BJP propaganda materials after the official closure of campaign for the March 4 polls.

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