“There is democracy in our country and the sign of democracy is the election. Election officials made good arrangements,” he said. Ganesan was registered as a voter in the seat of Sagolband. He was given the EPIC card by the CEO earlier this month. He was previously registered as a voter in the assembly constituency of Thiyagaraya Nagar in Chennai.
The chief minister and his wife voted at a model polling station in Heingang township, Imphal East district. “I call on all voters to exercise their right to vote and keep the peace,” he said. Polling in 38 constituencies of the 60-member assembly began at 7 a.m. amid tight security and strict adherence to COVID-19 standards.
Voting for the first phase of the 38-seat Manipur Assembly elections began on Monday morning amid tight security. Men and women lined up in large numbers outside polling stations before voting for 38 of the 60 Assembly seats began at 7 a.m. Voting will continue until 4 p.m. Of the 38 seats voting today, 29 cover West Imphal, East Imphal and Bishenpur districts and the remaining nine cover Kangpokpi and Churachandpur hill districts. There are 173 candidates in the running, including 15 women.
The leading candidates in the polls are Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Minister of State Thongam Biswajit Singh, President Y Khemchand Singh, CM MP and NPP candidate Yumnam Joykumar and Manipur Congress Speaker N Lokesh Singh.
The 38 seats to be elected in the first phase are Thongju, Andro, Lamlai, Thangmeiband, Khundrakpam, Heingang, Khurai, Keirao, Sagolband, Saikot, Imphal, Keisamthong, Wangkhei, Sekmai, Lamsang, Konthoujam, Langthabal, Naoriya Pakhanglakpa, Wangoi, Mayang , Nambol, Moirang, Thanga, Kumbi, Saikul, Kangpokpi, Yaiskul, Singjamei, Saitu, Tipaimukh, Patsoi, Thanlon, Uripok, Henglep, Churachandpur, Singhat, Bishenpur and Oinam. A huge contingent of Central Armed Police Force personnel were deployed.
The likes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP Chairman JP Nadda, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, His counterpart of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb, National People’s Party (NPP) supremo Conrad K. Sangma, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, MP Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh had been campaigning in the state for more than two months . Issues such as development, drugs, the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act 1958 (AFSPA), women’s empowerment, unemployment and corruption have taken center stage in campaigns elections.
In previous Assembly polls held in 2017, the BJP won 21 of the total 60 seats and came to power for the first time with the support of four NPP MPs, four Naga Popular Front (NPF) members , a single Congressman from Trinamool and one independent member. This time however, the BJP will not have that support as the NPP and NPF are arguing separately and their candidates are clashing.
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