Imphal: The notifications of elections for First Phase in respect of 38 Assembly Constituencies of five districts- Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur, Churachandpur and Kangpokpi will be issued by the concerned Returning Officers on Tuesday.
Subsequently, nomination shall start on this day onwards till February 8. The scrutiny of nomination papers shall be taken up on February 9, while the last date for withdrawal of candidature will be February 11, CEO, Manipur said in a press release on Monday.
Poll for First Phase will take place on February 27. In view of Covid, the Election Commission of India provides the facilities of online nominations too through Suvidha portal. An intending candidate may submit application online and its print may be taken for submitting before the returning officers. The candidate may also deposit security money through online mode. However, a candidate will continue to have the option of deposit in cash to the returning officer, it said.
A candidate can also seek permission for meeting, door to door campaign in online mode. Besides, the number of persons to accompany a candidate for submission of nomination paper is restricted to two. Also, the maximum number of vehicles for the purpose of nomination is restricted to two. Adequate arrangements have been made at the offices of Returning Officers. Candidates and their companions shall abide by the norms specified by Election Commission and State Disaster Management Authority. A training on online nomination has been provided to all the Returning Officers today through video conferencing, the release added.
The Election Commission of India, in its press note issued on Monday, has decided to allow physical public meetings of political parties or contesting candidates in designated open spaces with a maximum of 1000 persons (instead of existing 500 persons) or 50 percent of the capacity of the ground or the prescribed limit set by SDMA, whichever number is lesser, from Monday for all phases. The commission has also enhanced the limit for door to door campaigns upto 20 persons, excluding security personnel. It has now granted relaxation for the political parties to the extent that indoor meetings of a maximum of 500 persons (instead of existing 300 persons) or 50 percent of the capacity of the hall or the prescribed limit set by SDMA is allowed. However, the ommission has continued to impose restrictions on road shows, Pad-yatras, cycle/bike/vehicle rallies and processions till February 11.