Imphal: Phase 2 of the Manipur Legislative Assembly election to be held on March 5 (Saturday) is all set with polling officials and security personnel dispersing to their respective districts since Thursday.
A total of 92 candidates, including two women, are in the fray for Phase 2 to be held across 22 constituencies in the six electoral districts of Manipur. The two women candidates are SS Olish of BJP from Chandel constituency and Y Romita fielded by CPI from Kakching constituency.
Of the total 92 candidates, 22 are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 18 are of the Indian National Congress (INC), 11 from National People’s Party (NPP), 10 each from Janata Dal-United JD(U) and Naga People’s Front (NPF), three from Republican Party of India-Athawale (RPI-A), two each from Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), one each of Rashtriya Janhit Sangharsh Party (RJSP) and CPI and 12 independent candidates.
There are a total of 1,247 polling stations, of which 34 are model polling stations and 223 polling stations will be manned by all-women polling personnel.
During Phase 2 of the polls in Manipur, as many as 8,47,400 voters will exercise their franchise, of which 4,18,401 are males, 4,28,968 are females and 31 are transgender.
On Thursday, apart from the six electoral districts, the Election Commission of India ordered re-polls at 12 polling stations in Manipur where the polling took place during Phase 1 on February 28.
The proposal for re-poll in these polling stations was recommended based on the facts and information received/reported from respective returning officers, informed CEO Manipur Rajesh Agrawal.
One of the main reasons for re-polling was damage of EVMs by miscreants during and after the poll, he added.
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