Konthoujam AC To Decide Budhichandra’s Successor Today, Political Leaders Told To Stay Away From AC

Konthoujam AC readies for the by-poll

IMPHAL, Feb 13: In view of the by-election scheduled for tomorrow, leaders and functionaries of political parties have been barred from entering Konthoujam Assembly constituency.

According to an official source, the Chief Electoral Officer has issued an order barring all political leaders from entering Konthoujam AC in order to prevent them influencing voters.

Notably, fate of the three contesting candidates would be decided tomorrow. Polling would held from 7 am to 3 pm.

Meanwhile, central para military forces and polling personnel detailed for duty in the by-election have reached the respective polling stations assigned to them.

At each hyper sensitive polling station, two sections of central para military forces would be deployed and one section each at the sensitive polling stations. Moreover, women police personnel would also be used in the by-election.

Sapam Ranjan, Konthoujam Sarat and Khangenbam Ranjit are contesting in the by-election which is being held to fill up the Konthoujam seat which has been lying vacant after the demise of Speaker Sapam Budhichandra in September last year.

Altogether 12,125 male voters and 12,476 female voters would cast their votes in 28 polling stations and choose their representative tomorrow.

Counting of votes will begin from 7 am of February 17.

In a bid to ensure that the election is conducted peacefully and to check large scale monetary investment, the candidates are being made to make their election related expenditures from separate and exclusive bank accounts.

This will be the fourth time that the 9th Assembly will witness a by election due to the death of the incumbent MLA. Interestingly the Congress has managed to bag all the three seats for which by polls were held earlier. Khundrakpam, Moirang, Yaiskul had to face by polls earlier after their sitting MLAs passed away.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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