Imphal: The Election Commission of India on Thursday issued revised dates for the upcoming Manipur elections to be held in two phases.
The revised date for the first phase of polls is February 28 and the second phase is scheduled on March 5. The earlier dates were February 27 and March 3.
In a press statement, ECI secretary Sanjeev Kumar Prasad said, “The Commission, having considered inputs, representations, past precedent, logistics, ground situations and all facts and circumstances in the matter, has decided under section 153 of Representation of the People Act, 1951, to revise the dates of poll of General Election to Legislative Assembly of Manipur.”
Several organisations and individuals, including All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO) and All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), had expressed disappointment over the date of first phase of the polls falling on a Sunday and had urged the authority to revise the date.
The Commission further stated that the EC had visited Manipur on February 7 and 8 to reviewed the poll preparedness. During their visit, they held interactions with political parties, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and other state level officers, Chief Electoral Officer, district election officers, Superintendents of Police, Director General of Assam Rifles and other law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders. Various issues and ground situations were presented to the commission during the visit.
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