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Silent period of Manipur Assembly Elections 2022 begins

During the silent period, all types of political campaigns are banned and restriction is also imposed on the presence of political functionaries from outside the constituency.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 27 Feb 2022, 3:40 pm

Imphal, Manipur (Photo:IFP)
Imphal, Manipur (Photo:IFP)

With just 48 hours prior to the closing of the polls for the first phase of the Manipur Assembly Election 2022 on February 28, the silent period started with effect from 4 pm Saturday, as per the notification of the Election Commission of India.

The silent period is a ban on political campaigning prior to voting, to give voters a peaceful time to consider and make a final decision on their vote, Manipur CEO Rajesh Agrawal said.

During the silent period, all types of political campaigns are banned and restriction is also imposed on the presence of political functionaries from outside the constituency.

Moreover, election-related matters are restricted from telecasting or broadcasting in radio, TV or similar apparatus, while pre-certification by state or district Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) is mandatory for publication of political advertisements in newspapers during the period.

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As per the ECI norms, any person who contravenes the provisions of silent period will be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

In the first phase, as many as 173 candidates, including 15 female candidates will be contesting in 38 of the 60 ACs (Assembly Constituencies) in five districts. Of them, 36 candidates, including two females, have pending criminal cases against them.

The average of assets per candidate contesting in the first phase is Rs 2.51 crore, where independent candidate of Keishamthong AC Sapam Nishikant was declared the richest with acquiring total assets amounting to Rs. 23.59 crore while NCP candidate of Sekmai AC Ningthoujam Popilal Singh declared zero assets in his election affidavit.

Of the 173 candidates, 38 are Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates, 35 Indian National Congress (INC), 28 Janata Dal-United (JD-U), 27 National People's Party (NPP), seven from Shiv Sena, six each from Republican Party of India-Athawale (RPI-A) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), three from Lok Janshakti Party-Ram Vilas (LJP-R), two each from Kuki People’s Alliance (KPA) and Kuki National Assembly (KNA), one from Communist Party of India (CPI) and 18 will be contesting as independent candidates.

Surprisingly, the Naga People's Front (NPF) and Rashtriya Janhit Sangharsh Party (RJSP) did not field any of their candidates for the first phase of election, though they fielded candidates for the second phase.

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As many as 12,22,713 voters were included in the electoral roll of the first phase. Of the total voters, 5,93,262 are male, 6,29,276 are female and 175 are transgender. A total of 3,27,227 voters are recorded in Imphal East, 3,83,674 in Imphal West, 1,85,223 in Bishnupur, 1,02,227 in Kangpokpi and 2,24,362 in Churachandpur.

There will be a total of 1,721 polling stations, including three auxiliary polling stations across five districts in the first phase. Of the three auxiliary polling stations are in Imphal East and one in Churachandpur.

There will be a total of 433 polling stations in Imphal East, 530 in Imphal West, 234 in Bishnupur, 166 in Kangpokpi and 385 in Churachandpur.

The election results will be declared on March 10 as per the notification of the ECI.

To give more information on the poll preparedness, the office of CEO, Manipur will be holding a press conference on Sunday, said joint CEO N Ramananda.

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First published:26 Feb 2022, 2:52 pm

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