IMPHAL, Jan 4 � Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi and his team team will be arriving here tomorrow to go into the arrangements being made for Manipur Assembly polls to be held on January 28.
The Election Commission team will hold a meeting with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Manipur and Electoral Registration Officers besides separate meetings with the Chief Secretaries and DGPs of the neighbouring States, official sources said here. The ECI official is also scheduled to address a press conference here prior to his departure for the national capital.
An official team of Income Tax department has already been camping here and opened a control room to check cash flow and election related expenditures of the political parties and candidates. On Monday, State CEO PC Lawmkunga had announced the final electoral rolls of the State having a total electorate of 17,40,820 including 8,89,497 females.
After the formation of the People�s Democratic Front (PDF) by Manipur People�s Party (MPP) led five opposition parties, political parties except the ruling Congress has begun to announce names of their candidates for the forthcoming polls. MPP which have five legislators in the last Assembly has so far announced their candidates for 13 valley Assembly constituencies while their alliance partner Janata Dal (U) has named eight candidates mostly for hill seats. Manipur has 40 valley seats and 20 hill seats.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), alliance member of PDF has released a list of candidates for nine seats.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president Gaikhangam are camping in New Delhi to seek approval of the party high command to a probable list of their party candidates. The final list of the candidates will be released after they returned here in a day or two, a party source said here.
A day-long workshop on paid news and advertisement for the mediapersons was held under the aegis of AMWJU at Manipur Press Club premises today.