Imphal: Manipur Governor La Ganesan on Friday appealed to the people of the state to vote freely and without any fear in the upcoming Assembly elections.

Governor Ganesan issued a statement appealing to all the citizens to exercise their democratic franchise freely and without fear as this right will determine the destiny of the people in the coming five years.

Stating that he was in favour of smooth and peaceful passing off the election process without any major untoward incident, the governor further appealed the people both in the valley and hills to avoid any kind of violent activities to enable the people to exercise their franchise freely and fairly.

“To enable the general public to participate in this very important democratic process and exercise their right of franchise freely and fairly, abstaining/avoiding from/of any type of violence acts in indispensable at this critical juncture,” stated the Governor.

“I am quite optimistic that every organisation will cooperate in this democratic process of the state,” he added.

Manipur will go to polls in two phases on February 28 and March 5. The counting will take place on March 10.

In the first phase, a total of 173 candidates, including 15 women, are in the fray from 38 assembly constituencies while 92 candidates, including two women, will contest from 22 constituencies in the second phase.

A total of 2,048,169 voters will exercise their franchise right in the upcoming Manipur state elections.

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