Stakes are high for BJP candidate Oinam Lukhoi, Cabinet Minister in BJP led coalition who resigned as MLA elected on Congress ticket from Wangoi Assembly seat in 2017 Assembly elections.
Imphal, November 04 2020: Oinam Lukhoi Singh is contesting the by-election on BJP ticket, Salam Joy Singh and Khuraijam Loken Singh are contesting the election on INC and NPP tickets respectively.
Stakes are high for the BJP candidate Oinam Lukhoi Singh who has been recently inducted as Cabinet Minister in the recent reshuffle.
In 2017 elections, Lukhoi (then on Congress ticket) won by a very small margin of mere 36 votes beating Khuraijam Loken, NPP candidate.
Then BJP candidate in 2017, Salam Joy also known as giant killer as he defeated then Chief Minister Wahengbam Nipamacha in 2007 Assembly Elections. In this By-elections, Salam Joy is the Congress candidate.
Earlier Lukhoi switched sides after electing as Congress MLA in 2017 elections. He supported BJP led government soon after 2017 elections with few other MLAs from Congress. As case for disqualification as MLA was pending, he later resigned from MLA in the run up to the Trust motion on the floor of the house.
In this by-elections, a total of 28,561 voters will decide the fate of three candidates facing by-election from 22-Wangoi Assembly Constituency on November 7 . Polling will start at 7 am and end at 5 pm.
Out of the 28561 electors, the number of male electors is 13935 and female electors are 14626 (including one third gender) . 392 of the voters are elderly who are above the age of 80 years.
There will be 41 Polling Stations including 1 Auxiliary Polling Station in the ensuing 22-Wangoi A/C by-election.
Out of the 41 Polling Stations, 5 are vulnerable and 36 are normal.
Altogether 205 polling personnel, five per polling station will perform their duty on poll day for smooth conduct of the election.
A total of 624 security personnel, 24 security personnel each in the five vulnerable polling stations and 14 security personnel each in 36 normal polling stations will be deployed.
To ensure adherence to the Election Commission of India’s guidelines and SOPs, seven (7) Flying Squads, five Static Surveillance Teams, five Video Surveillance Teams (with 2 teams reserved for each) along with nine Sector Magistrates including three reserved are rendering their service.
Manish Kumar, IAS as General Observer, Aditya Bikram, IRS as Expenditure Observer in coordination with 12 micro observers are monitoring for free and fair conduct of the by-election as per guidelines of the ECI. Votes will be counted on November 10 from 8 am .