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Women could play an important role in Uripok AC: RO Khamrang

IMPHAL (DIPR): Women voters outnumber men in 10-Uripok Assembly Constituency, said Returning Officer Nimmi Azingwungshi Khamrang adding that women could play an important role in the upcoming February 28 poll in the constituency.

She appealed to women voters to come forward and ensure free, fair and peaceful voting in the constituency to strengthen the festival of democracy.

Despite being an urban constituency, voter turnout in Uripok AC, in the past elections, have been unsatisfactory, she stated appealing to electors, particularly the women electors, to come out in huge numbers to exercise their voting rights. She said this time the voter turnout could be higher considering the increasing trend of women’s participation in the electoral process. Voter turnout in Uripok AC in the 2017 Assembly election was 83.93 percent. 

RO Khamrang said 10-Uripok has 25,583 electors of which 13,713 are female and 11,865 are male. There are five Transgenders and three 100+ years old electors in the constituency. She said there are 426 numbers of 80+ years old electors and 206 PwD electors in the constituency. Altogether 229 electors including 199 Absentee Voters in the category of Senior Citizens (AVSC) and 30 Absentee Voters in the category of PwDs (AVPD) will exercise their franchise through Postal Ballot (12D) for Absentee Voters.

She further highlighted that two polling stations in the Constituency, 10/20-Ibotonsana Girls Higher Secondary School (Northern Wing) and 10/21-Ibotonsana Girls Higher Secondary School (Southern Wing) have been identified as Women Polling Stations cum Model Polling Stations.
10/25-Uripok Bachaspati Leikai with 1119 electors has the highest number of electors and 10/19-Uripok Yambem Leikai with just 387 electors is the polling station with the lowest electors in the constituency.

A total of 160 polling officials will be utilised in the 35 polling stations of the constituency, which are divided into three sectors with one Sector Officer controlling a sector each, she said.

As of date, 94.52 percent of the electors in the constituency have received at least one dose of COVID-19 Vaccine and 87.89 percent have received a second dose.

Deputy Chief Minister and sitting NPP MLA of the constituency Yumnam Joykumar Singh along with three others are in fray for 10-Uripok AC seat. The other three are Khwairakpam Raghumani Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Nunglepam Mahananda Singh of the Indian National Congress and Khombongmayum Suresh Singh of the Janata Dal (United).

In the first State Legislative Election in 1972, Moirangthem Meghachandra of Communist Party of India became the first Member of the Manipur Legislative Assembly from the Uripok AC by defeating Khaidem Rajmani of the Indian National Congress. Meghachandra retained the seat in the 1974 election.

In the next election in 1980, Independent candidate Paonam Achou Singh defeated L Raghumani of the Janata Party (JNP) to win the Uripok seat. Paonam Achou Singh fought the 1984 election with an Indian National Congress ticket and won the seat.

However, in 1990, Paonam Achou contesting on an Indian Congress (Socialist-Sarat Chandra Sinha) party ticket lost to Takhellambam Gunadhwaja Singh of the INC.

In 1995, Manipur People’s Party candidate Nameirakpam Nodiachand Singh defeated Laishram Nandakumar Singh of Federal Party of Manipur (FPM).

In the 7th State Legislative Election, 2000, Paonam Achou returned with Manipur State Congress Party ticket to defeat Laishram Nandakumar Singh of FPM and regained the Uripok seat. Two years later in the 8th Manipur Assembly election, Laishram Nandakumar Singh, contesting on an INC ticket, defeated the then sitting MLA P Achou of the FPM.

In 2007, Nandakumar retained the seat defeating his rival Achou who fought the election on MPP ticket. Nadakumar completed his hat-trick of wins by defeating Independent candidate N Dwijamani Singh in the 10th Assembly election, 2012.
Five years later, in the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election, 2017, former IPS officer-turned politician Yumnam Joykumar Singh defeated the then sitting MLA Laishram Nadakumar of INC.

It may be mentioned that other than Nameirakpam Nodiachand, who was elected in 1995, every other elected member from the 10-Uripok AC have been ministers in the State cabinet.

All set for counting amidst tight security and traffic measures

IMPHAL  (DIPR): Shri Naorem Praveen Singh, District Election Officer, Imphal West and RO-1, Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency today said that all the necessary arrangements are ready for the election counting on 23rd May, 2019 for the results of the 17th Lok Sabha Election, 2019 as per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India. DEO Imphal West informed that a video conference with ECI officials in presence of CEO Manipur was held today following smooth and successful dry run of the counting. 

Speaking to the media persons at Imphal West DC Complex at Lamphelpat, he said that 8 counting centers will be installed out of which 7 are for EVMs and 1 for the normal postal ballot and Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS). EVMs will be counted after the completion of the postal ballots and ETPBS. Election Observers will report on duty at 5 am on the day of the counting, he added.

He further said that there will be two stages for the counting of postal ballots, first the bar code in the postal ballots will be checked after verification the counting process will begin. The counting will be held in presence of Election Observer and ROs and each counting tables will be supervised by the EROs. He said that this time there will be 10-14 numbers of tables installed for counting EVMs and 5-3 number of rounds will be held.

To maintain transparency in the counting process, the passage from the strong room to the counting halls will be video recorded with installation of CCTV cameras. The counting process will be displayed in TV monitors installed inside the DEO Imphal West office complex, he said. 

DEO Imphal West appealed to the media persons to take videography mainly the long shots of the counting process on 23rd May, 2019. He further said that internet connections will be provided to the media persons covering the counting. All India trend of the counting will be shown in the TV monitors. 

Shri K. Meghachandra Singh, SP, Imphal West said that over 500 personnel each in three shifts of the Manipur Police are already deployed round the clock. Besides 3 companies of Central Paramilitary Forces, 2 teams of Anti Terrorists Squad with 15 persons each including women personnel and Striking Reserve are deployed for tackling law and order situations and to provide security till the day of the counting at the DEO Imphal West Office complex which is divided in three security zones/layers.

Apart from the strategic locations identified earlier, he informed that 18 additional locations have been identified where security forces will be deployed from tonight till the midnight of the 23rd May, 2019. He said that arms and ammunitions, sharp weapons, inflammable items like matches and intoxicants, mobile phones are strictly prohibited inside the office complex. He appealed to the supporters and agents of the winning candidate to refrain from using loudspeakers and provoking other supporters and agents. He said using unauthorized way of taking out victory procession will attract legal action.

Smt Kh. Sarma, SP Traffic, Imphal West said that persons carrying ECI issued Authority Letter will be allowed to park their vehicles at the identified 10 cut off points and those unauthorized vehicles parked apart from the identified locations will be towed away by using crane. They will be penalized as per law, she added.
There will be traffic diversion, vehicles coming from Khwai Bazar side will be diverted towards RIMS and Khamlangba Bridge via village lane from Canteen Leirak crossing except the vehicles of candidates, election agents, counting agents and vehicles having car pass. On the other hand, vehicles from Khamlangba Bridge side will be diverted towards Khwai Bazar side except the vehicles of the candidates, election agents, counting agents and vehicles having car pass. Vehicles coming from Tera Bazar and Takyel side towards Noremthong New/Old Bridge will be not be allowed to ply towards Uripok-Kangchup Road except the vehicles of candidates, election agents, counting agents and vehicles having car pass, she said. (DIPR)

NCP to contest 5 seats in Mizoram Assembly election

AIZAWL (PTI): National Congress Party (NCP) would contest five of the 40 seats of the Mizoram Legislative Assembly in the forthcoming election to be held on November 28.

NCP Mizoram state unit president Lalawmpuia Chhangte told newsmen Thursday that the party wants to contest from Hachhek, Dampa, Mamit, Aizawl East-I and Aizawl West-I Assembly constituencies.

Chhangte will be in Delhi on Monday to receive the approval of the names of candidates from the NCP headquarters after which the names would be announced, he said.

He said that out of respect for the appeals made by the NGO Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of all major civil society groups and student organisations in Mizoram, the NCP has not arrived at any decision about fielding nominees from two seats - West Tuipui and Tuichawng - in Chakma Autonomous District Council areas.

The NGO Coordination Committee had appealed to political parties not to put up candidates from the Chakma community from these two specific seats.

The NCP would contest from the two seats only if other parties field candidates belonging to the Chakma community, he said.

He expressed hope that the NCP has chances of winning the election from at least Hachhek and Mamit seats, where the party candidates had bagged 2,467 votes and 2,368 votes respectively in the 2013 assembly polls.

The NCP, which has been contesting Assembly polls in Mizoram since 2003, had not won a single seat in 2013 assembly poll.

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