IMPHAL: The Chief Electoral Officer of Manipur (CEO) Prashant Kumar Singh on Tuesday informed that the state is all set to conduct the bye-elections to five constituencies’ seats which are lying vacant at the Manipur Legislative Assembly.
A total of 1,57,658 voters of the five constituencies namely Wangoi, Saitu, Singngat, Wangjing Tentha and Lilong will go to the polls on November 7.
Addressing to media person in the Conference Hall of Chief Electoral Office, Lamphel on Tuesday the CEO stated that in attempt to make Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) tamper proof, the State Election Commission has upgraded EVMs to Mark-3 technology and that will be using for the first time in the State which is much more advance and smart from previous EVMs.
He further stated that due to the Covid-19 pandemic the upcoming Bye-election will be an option for postal ballot facility that has been extended to the electors. The following categories are Electors who mark as Persons with Disabilities (PwD), Electors above the age of 80 years, Electors employed in notified essential services, Electors who are Covid-19 positive or suspect and in quarantine home/institutional.
The CEO also expressed the guidelines for conduct of the Bye-election during this Covid-19 pandemic. The Election Commission will issue detailed instructions for assured minimum facilities at each polling station and will strictly follow the scenario of Covid-19 and maintain SOPs.
He further mentioned that anybody violating instructions on Covid-19 measures will be liable to proceed against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable.
In case of releasing funds for any developmental projects, CEO further informed that there will be a complete restriction on the release of funds either for new or ongoing projects under MPLAD or MLALAD. Anything that can influence the elections is strictly restricted as per the model code of conduct, added the CEO.