15 women among 173 candidates in fray for Phase-I election

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Imphal: With the finalisation of the list of contesting candidates for Phase-I, a total of 173 candidates are in the fray, out of which 15 are woman candidates, six in Imphal West, two in Imphal East, three in Bishnupur, three in Kangpokpi and one in Churachandpur.

Total number of independent candidates for Phase-I is 18.

The last date for filing of nomination for the Phase-II is over and total number of candidates who filed nomination is 96. Scrutiny of nominations will be taken up on Monday. List of contesting candidates will be finalised after last date of withdrawal on February 16, CEO, Manipur said in a press release on Saturday.

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A detailed meeting of chief electoral officer, Manipur, with the special observers, all general observers, police observers and expenditure observers was held at CEO’s office on Friday to review the poll preparedness. The observers revealed that they have visited some of the polling stations, have visited commissioning halls, strong rooms and counting halls and held meetings with the district election officers and returning officers. They expressed satisfaction at the overall preparedness and minor bottlenecks if any are brought to the notice of the concerned for necessary amendment, it added.

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Regarding postal ballots, 13,274 Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballots (ETPBs) have been transmitted on Saturday to the respective record offices for the service electors, for Phase-I. For Phase-II, 8667  ETPBs will be transmitted to respective record offices on February 17.

For postal ballots for persons with disabilities (PwDs), 80+ electors and those from essential services, a total of 6024 have opted for it in the Phase-I. Two thousand six hundred eighty seven electors have opted for postal ballots under this category in Phase-II, totalling 8771, for both Phase-I and Phase-II combined. One hundred ninety five polling teams have been constituted for both phases, for getting these postal ballots casted.

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