279 candidates to contest Manipur polls

Two hundred and seventy nine candidates are in the fray for the January 28 Manipur assembly polls after scrutiny and withdrawal of papers by contestants.

Updated: Jan 15, 2012, 20:39 PM IST

Imphal: Two hundred and seventy nine candidates are in the fray for the January 28 Manipur assembly
polls after scrutiny and withdrawal of papers by contestants,
election officials said on Sunday.

Altogether 298 candidates had filed nomination papers
till the January 11 deadline. The candidature of eight
aspirants was rejected during scrutiny the following day,
while 11 candidates withdrew their papers yesterday, they
said.

The main parties who have put up candidates in the polls
are Congress (60), Trinamool Congress (48), Manipur State
Congress Party (31), CPI (24), NCP (22), BJP (19) and Manipur
People`s Party (14) among others.

Prominent candidates in the fray include Chief Minister
Okram Ibobi Singh contesting (Thoubal constituency), former
vice chancellor of Manipur university Ng Bijoy (Khurai) and
Forest Minister Th Debendra (Jiribam).

Official sources said all the candidates have been
provided adequate security, including paramilitary forces, to
enable them to campaign for the elections.

In view of the threat from insurgents, the candidates
were asked not to campaign at night.

Urging the people to cast their votes without fear, Chief
Electoral Officer PC Lawmkunga said, "We are satisfied that
people welcome the elections and want to exercise their
franchise."

PTI