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Naga ADC candidates sheltered
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAY 16:
Published on 17 May. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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As the deadline set by the United Naga Council, Manipur to the Naga candidates contesting in the election to the District Councils to withdraw their candidatures was due for expiry by May 16 midnight, the Manipur government arranged secured shelters for the candidates particularly Naga candidates.
Candidates of the ADC elections for five districts receiving threats would be staying at SAI Youth Hostel and State Youth Centre at Khuman Lampak, Imphal, the additional DGP of Manipur Police said. The additional DGP also informed this to the Commanding Officer of the 2nd IRB which is responsible for the protection of the multi-discipline sport complex asking the latter to take care of the candidates by detailing armed personnel at the two lodgings.
SPs of the Imphal east and west districts have also been asked to provide additional security to the candidates besides the present security personnel detailed at the two hostels, an official source in the police department said Sunday.
A total of 50-60 sixty candidates would be staying at the SAI Youth Hostel while about 40-50 candidates were expected to stay in the State Youth Centre, the official added.
Filing of nominations in the two phase elections to six ADCs in five hill districts, Senapati, Sadar Hill (within Senapati district), Tamenglong, Churachandpur, Chandel and Ukhrul districts have already been completed. The last date for withdrawal of candidatures is also over for both the phases.
Elections are scheduled on May 26 and June 2 next. However, for the Naga ADCs in Senapati, Ukhrul, Tamenglong and Chandel, polling would be conducted only in 27 ADC constituencies as lone candidates in most of the constituencies were elected uncontested except in few constituencies where none filed nominations.
Out of 24 seats in each ADCs, only one each filed nominations in Senapati in 20 seats and state election commission declared them elected uncontested. In Ukhrul 21 candidates were declared elected uncontested, 12 in Tamenglong district and 18 in Chandel district.
However, except in around nine constituencies, many candidates are in the fray in Kuki dominated Churachandpur and Sadar Hill ADCs, according to reports from district election authorities.
The election process for the ADC election was amidst strong oppositions from Naga based NGOs and imposition of economic blockade on the highways by the ANSAM even before notification for the elections was issued.
The United Naga Council on Saturday had served 24 hours ultimatum to the candidates to retire from Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils. The UNC said the candidates have filed nominations against the decision of the Council taken during a consultative meeting of the Naga frontal organisations held at Ukhrul, Taphou, Tadubi, Kangshang, Chandel and Tamenglong in recent times.

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