By-elections to two Legislative Assembly Constituencies announced; model code of conduct comes into effect in entire district of Thoubal

By-elections to two Legislative Assembly Constituencies announced; model code of conduct comes into effect in entire district of Thoubal

DIPR/ TMB Report

Imphal:  The Election Commission of India has announced the election schedule for Bye Elections to the Manipur Legislative Assembly in respect of 30-Lilong and 34-Wangjing Tentha Assembly Constituencies and the poll date falls on 7th November,2020.

With the announcement of the Election schedule by the Election Commission of India, the Model Code of Conduct comes into effect immediately and will applicable in the entire district of Thoubal since both the Assembly Constituencies cover under Thoubal district, Joint Chief Electoral Officer Ramananda Nongmeikapam stated Tuesday in a press conference held at the conference hall of the Chief Electoral Officer, Lamphelpat , Manipur.

        He further told the press conference that the schedule for the Bye elections for the aforementioned two assembly constituencies is—issue of notification on 13th October,2020; last date of making nominations on 20th October,2020; scrutiny of nominations on 21st October,2020; last date for withdrawal of candidature on 23rd October,2020; date of poll on 7th November,2020; counting of votes on 10th November,2020 and completion of election process on 12th November,2020.

        The total number of electors based on final roll 2020 publication for these two constituencies are 63611(out of which 30930 are male; 32678 are female and 3 are third gender).  All together, there will be 92 polling stations (49 polling stations at 30- Lilong and 43 polling stations at 34-Wangjing Tentha) for the two assembly constituencies. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the facility of postal ballot will extend to persons with disability, electors with age greater than 80 years and home & institutional quarantine persons, added Ramananda Nongmeikapam.

        Election Commission of India has framed broad guidelines for conduct of General elections/ Bye-Elections during COVID-19, only two persons can accompany the candidate for submission of nomination to Returning Officers; number of vehicles for the purpose of the same is restricted to two; only five persons can accompany the candidate for door-to-door campaign;  nodal health officers  shall be designated for the state, district and assembly constituency to oversee the COVID-19 related arrangements and preventive measures during the entire electoral process etc. are among the guidelines,  the Joint Chief Electoral Officer informed  and appealed for strict adherence to the model code of conduct.

ECI informed that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the said bye-polls at the time of voting. Electoral photo identity cards shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, the voters can enter the polling stations by producing Aadhar card, MGNREGA job card, PAN card, passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/post office, Health Insurance smart card issued under scheme of Ministry of Labour, Driving License, Passport, Service I card, Smart card issued by RGI under NPR, pension card with photo etc.

Every voter is compulsory to wear face masks during voting. Thermal scanning of all persons will be carried out at the entry hall/room/premises used for the election process. Voters should maintain social distancing.

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