Imphal, Jan 26: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its election song ahead of the Manipur Pradesh Assembly polls. BJP is the ruling party in the state.
Titled “Thambal” (Lotus) the election song of BJP was released on social media in the local language of Manipur.
The Election Commission of India announced poll dates for 60 seats of the Manipur assembly 2022. The poll body followed its 2017 move to hold the assembly elections in two phases.
Manipur Assembly Election 2022 Phase I
Issue of Notification: February 1
Last Date of Nomination: February 8
Scrutiny of Nomination: February 9
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: February 11
Date of polls: February 27
Manipur Assembly Election 2022 Phase II
Issue of Notification: February 4
Last Date of Nomination: February 11
Scrutiny of Nomination: February 14
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: February 16
Date of polls: March 3
The term of the 60 seats of Manipur assembly is due to expire on March 19. Currently, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is in power in the state which constitutes Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (29), Naga People’s Front (NPF) (5), National People’s Party (NPP) (3), and IND (1). Apart from NDA, the election will decide the electoral fate of several political parties, including– Trinamool Congress, the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Indian National Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party, and the Peoples Democratic Alliance.
For the first time, the Election Commission will provide an option of postal for absentee voters in Manipur, including those above 80 years of age, persons with disabilities (PWDs) electors, and Covid-19 patients during the ensuing assembly polls in the state.
In a virtual meeting on ECI with political parties, state chief secretary, DGP, police nodal officer, and state Election Commissioner (CEO) to review the poll preparedness on Wednesday, ECI said the postal ballot facility is an optional one and ensures total secrecy of voting. The Commission mapped out 14,565 PWDs and over 41,867 senior citizens (80+) in the state who would be eligible for ballot voting.