Economic blockade will not impact Manipur poll process: CEC

Supply of essential commodities including fuel to Manipur has been severely hit since November 2016

Manipur Elections 2017 : The Election Commission is confident that the economic blockade in Manipur will not impact the poll process in the state and has made all arrangements to ensure free and fair elections.

“We have all the data from our state election machinery. We are confident that the economic blockade will not impact the poll process in the state. The state government has also assured us. We will get cooperation from all the sections,” Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said.

An indefinite economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) since November 1, 2016 is on in Manipur, against the state government’s decision to create seven new districts in the landlocked state by bifurcating the existing ones. The state government has, however, claimed that this decision was taken to improve administrative efficiency.

Supply of essential commodities including fuel to Manipur has been severely hit since November 2016 after the council declared indefinite economic blockade on NH2 (via Dimapur) and NH 37 (via Jiribam) — the two lifelines to the state.

Asked how the Election Commission will ensure smooth movement of election officials and security personnel as the state is hit by fuel shortage, Zaidi said, “We have undertaken a very in-depth review with our district officials and also with the state officials. As far as the election process is concerned there is a priority and sufficient availability of petrol, diesel for poll process. There would be no problem regarding it and all poll personnel will assist us.” Read more

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