The Election Commission of India today announced that Assembly polls in Manipur will be held in two phases.
Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi informed that in the first phase, 38 constituencies will go to polls on March 4 whereas remaining 22 seats will go to polls on March 8.
Total constituencies: 60 (Reserved for SCs – 1 | Reserved for STs – 19)
Electors Photo Identity Cards (EPID) is 99.55 per cent in the state.
The term of the present Assembly expires on March 18, 2017.
With the announcement of polling dates, the Model Code of Conduct comes into force with immediate effect.
The maximum limit for expenses for each candidates in the state has been set at Rs 20 lakh.
Phase 1 – 38 seats
Date of notification on Feb 8
Last date of filing nomination Feb 15
Scrutiny on Feb 16
Withdrawal of candidature on Feb 18
Polling on March 4
Phase 2 - 22 seats
Date of notification on Feb 11
Last date of filing nomination Feb 18
Scrutiny on Feb 20
Withdrawal of candidature on Feb 22
Polling on March 8
The state is currently governed by Congress under Ibobi Singh, who is battling with a law and order situation due to a road blockade by some Naga groups.
The blockade had started in response to the Congress government’s move to create seven new districts in Manipur, a decision opposed by the United Naga Council (UNC), which started the blockade.
Manipur, considered a powerful centre for Congress, will see the Bharatiya Janata Party try and put up an impressive performance in the upcoming state Assembly elections.