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By-elections to 2 constituencies in Mnp on Nov 7

Correspondent IMPHAL, SEP 29 | Publish Date: 9/29/2020 12:44:49 PM IST

Of the 13 seats currently lying vacant in the 60-seat Manipur Assembly, by-elections will be held in two Assembly constituencies on November 7.

As per a release by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Manipur issued today, by-elections in respect of 30-Lilong and 34-Wangjing Tentha assembly constituencies in Thoubal district will be held on November 7.

The seat of Wangjing-Tentha AC was vacated by P Brojen who won the seat on Congress ticket in 2017 general election while that of Lilong AC was lying vacant after the sitting MLA Md Abdul Nasir resigned as MLA recently.

After tendering resignations, Brojen joined the BJP but Nasir is yet to join any of the political party.

ECI on Tuesday announced the schedules for by-elections to fill vacancies in one Parliamentary constituency of Bihar and 56 Assembly constituencies in various states including the two Assembly constituencies in the state. 

The notification for the by-election will be issued on October 13 and the last date for filing nomination for candidature is on October 20. The last date for allowing withdrawal of candidates is October 23.

The release added that the date of vote counting is scheduled on November 10 and the elections in the state should wrap up on November 12.

While notifying that the election code of conduct has come into effect immediately in Thoubal district from Tuesday, the state CEO has directed all intending candidates and political parties and stakeholders concerned to strictly comply with the model code of conduct with immediate effect until the election process is completed.

Meanwhile, giving a briefing on the by-poll schedule announcement late Tuesday evening, state joint CEO Ramananda Nongmeikapam said that as per the final electoral roll 2020, a total of 63,611 electors are there in the two Assembly constituencies.

Lilong AC has 32,398 while Wangjing-Tentha has 31,213 voters. Three third genders were also among the voters, he added.

He informed that ECI has recently framed broad guidelines for conduct of general elections and by-elections during COVID-19. As per the guideline, only two persons can be accompanied by the candidate for submission of nomination to returning officers.

The number of vehicles for the purpose of the same was also restricted to two. Only five persons can be accompanied by a candidate for door-to-door campaign and nodal health officers will be designated for the state, district and assembly constituency to oversee the COVID-19 related arrangements and preventive measures during the entire electoral process etc, he said. 

The joint CEO then appealed for strict adherence to the model code of conduct.

To queries from the reporters, he said that even as 13-seats of the state Assembly were lying vacant currently, the ECI has so far cleared the deck for by-elections in for two constituencies only.

He stated that it was due to pending court cases and other election petitions. And unless the pending cases and election petitions are disposed of, the by-elections to remaining seats will not be held.

Currently, 13 seats of the state Assembly were lying vacant after the Speaker of the state Assembly disqualified four Congress MLAs who left the party and joined the BJP and nine (three BJP and six Congress) had resigned from the state Assembly.

However, the by-election will be held only for the two Assembly constituencies in Thoubal district. 

 

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