Imphal: The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Manipur, Rajesh Agrawal, while addressing a press conference today in Imphal, said that more than 15,000 licensed arms have been deposited at police stations in view of ensuing elections in Manipur. He expressed that strict enforcement from the police has enabled to contain the pre-poll violence in Manipur.
The CEO then stated that so far a total of 54321 defacements in government, public properties and unauthorised defacements in private properties have been identified and corrected. Active 15 enforcement agencies have opened the control rooms and till now in a large scale had managed to seize Rs 50 lakh, Rs 14 lakh worth liquor, Rs 26.55 crore worth drugs and Rs 1.41 crore worth other items as gold. Under various sections of CrPC, the Superintendents of Police of different districts have bound down 1430 persons.
The CEO then shared the COVID norms to be followed as issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI). He informed that the ban have been extended till January 22, 2022 on road show, pad-yatra, cycle/bike/vehicle rally and procession. Indoor meetings are allowed with a maximum participants of 50 as fixed by SDMA. The CEO also said that each political party/candidate shall furnish an undertaking in the application form under Suvidha that it shall abide by all the extant instructions/guidelines in regard to COVID norms.
Election agents/ polling agents/counting agents without double dose vaccination shall not be allowed. Between 8 pm and 8 am, no rallies and public meetings akin to campaign curfew shall be allowed on any campaign day. “Nukkad Sabhas/meetings” will not be allowed on roads or streets or corners, the CEO added.