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First phase of nominations for the Manipur elections begins today
First phase of nominations for the Manipur elections begins today

The submission of nominations for the Manipur Assembly elections' first phase began on February 27, according to officials, with the notice being released on Tuesday.

The first phase would include 38 Assembly constituencies distributed over five districts in central and southern Manipur: Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur, Churachandpur, and Kangpokpi, according to Joint Chief Electoral Officer Ramananda Nongmeikapam. He stated that, with the Returning Officers' issuing of notifications on Tuesday, candidates can begin filing their nominations on Tuesday. The deadline is February 8, and the documents will be examined the following day. The deadline to withdraw of the candidate is February 11th.

The notification for the second round of elections in the remaining 22 Assembly constituencies, which will take place on March 3, will be released on February 4. The Election Commission has permitted online submission of nominations through the Suvidha portal in light of the Covid-19 epidemic, according to the Joint CEO. Candidates may also submit nominations in person, although they can only be accompanied by two others.

A potential candidate can submit nomination papers online and then print a copy to present to the Returning Officer. The applicant can also pay the security money to the Returning Officer in cash or online. According to the official, a candidate can use the internet system to request authorization to hold meetings and door-to-door campaigns.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission allowed physical public gatherings of parties/candidates in specified open places with a maximum of 1,000 people or 50% of the ground's capacity, whichever is greater, or the statutory limit set by the concerned authorities. It has also increased the number of people who may participate in door-to-door campaigns to 20, excluding security officers. Indoor gatherings with a maximum of 500 people or 50% of the hall's capacity, or the authority's prescribed limit, are also permitted.

However, until February 11, the Commission has imposed restrictions on roadshows, Pad-yatras, cycle, bike, vehicle rallies, and processions, according to Nongmeikapam.

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