Manipur Assembly Elections 2017

The Election Commission of India has announced that polling will be held in Manipur in two phases on March 4, 2017 and March 8, 2017. Results will be declared on March 11, 2017. The Manipur Legislative Assembly elections will be held in early 2017 to elect representatives from 60 assembly constituencies of the state. The term of the current Legislative Assembly expires on 18 March 2017. The last state assembly election in Manipur was held in 2012. The Congress won 42 seats and Okram Ibobi Singh was re-elected as the chief minister. In 2014, the Manipur State Congress Party and its five sitting MLAs also joined the ruling Congress, taking the Congress tally in the Assembly to 47.

The Indian National Congress (INC), Trinamool Congress (TMC), Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Bharatiya Janata Party are the key political contenders in the state today. While Manipur has traditionally been a Congress bastion, the Bharatiya Janata Party is making ambitious efforts to make forays into this northeastern state this time. After its unprecedented electoral success in the Assam Assembly elections last year and a good performance in the recently held municipal elections in Manipur’s capital Imphal, the party has plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

Another new entrant in the political race will be the famed rights activist Irom Sharmila. Hailed as the ‘Iron Lady’ of Manipur, Irom Sharmila had been on a 16-year long fast in protest against AFSPA. In August, 2016, she decided to end her fast and join politics to push her agenda. She recently launched her new party, the Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRAJA), and said that she will contest the Manipur assembly elections against incumbent chief minister Ibobi Singh from Thoubal constituency.

Needless to say, the next state assembly elections in Manipur are going to be one of the most crucial in the state’s history and are going to be followed keenly not just within India but even outside the country. Each and every political party is busy devising strategies to win the elections in the state next year. Manipur’s location makes it a strategically important state not just nationally but in international terms as well. It would be interesting to see who the people of Manipur trust and give the mandate to govern their state for the next five years.

About Manipur Elections

Initially the state was a Union Territory. In 1963, the government of Union Territories Act established a Legislative Assembly of 30 elected and 3 nominated members in the Union Territory. The political situation in Manipur was unstable in the late sixties with secessionist and insurgent groups active in the state. The Legislative assembly was dissolved and President’s rule imposed in the state. The Union Territory was now administered by a Lt Governor.

On January 21, 1972 Manipur became a full- fledged state of the Indian Union. Since then, it has held elections for ten state assemblies interspersed with frequent imposition of President’s Rule. There are a number of ethnic tribal communities in Manipur, with the Meities the largest and Kuki, Nagas and Hmars the smaller groups. There is reservation for the scheduled tribes in the state assembly as well as in the Lok Sabha. According to the 2011 census the population of the state is 27,21,756. The number of voters is 17,41,581. Manipur is one of the few states with a 97 % coverage of photo electoral rolls.

The State has a unicameral legislature. There is only one house in legislative assembly of 60 elected members. Out of the 60 assembly seats, 20 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes and 1 for Scheduled Castes. The state has two Lok Sabha seats and one Rajya Sabha seat in the Indian Parliament. Shri Rishang Keishing of the INC is the state representative to the Rajya Sabha of the current Indian Parliament. Dr T Meinya Singh and Shri Thangso Baite represent Manipur in the Lok sabha.

The main political parties in the state are the Indian National Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Communist party of India. In 1968 the Manipur People’s Party was formed and it won seats in 2007 assembly elections. The BJP has won the inner Manipur Lok sabha seat consistently since 1995 till it lost to the INC in 2004. The INC has formed the state government since 2002. It won the last assembly elections in 2012.

Political Parties in Manipur


The Indian National Congress (INC) The Bharatiya Janata Party The Communist Party of India
The Rashtriya Janata Dal The Nationalist Congress Party

The main regional political parties are :

Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party Manipur State Congress party Lok Jan Shakti Party
All India Trinamool Congress Manipur People’s Party (MPP) Federal Party of Manipur
Manipur National Conference Naga People’s Front National People’s Party (India)
Nikhil Manipuri Mahasabha

Constituencies In Manipur

Manipur has two parliamentary constituencies; Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur. The outer Manipur constituency is reserved for Scheduled tribe candidate. The INC has consistently won the reserved constituency but the BJP has won the inner Manipur constituency from 1995 to 1999. The Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency has 32 legislative assembly seats. The Outer Manipur has 28 legislative assembly seats.

Some of the legislative Assembly constituencies in Outer Manipur are Heirok, Kakching, Khangabo, Jiribam, Thanlon, Tengnoupal, Tamenglong, and Singhat. Some of the constituencies in Inner Manipur are Khundrakpam, Andro, Wangkhei, Lamlai, Sagolband, Lamsang, Wangoi, Nambol, Mayang Imphal, Kumbi, and Thoubal.

State Legislative Assembly

Manipur has had a stable government since 2002 with the INC in power. The last state assembly elections were held in 2012. The INC trounced all to win 42 out of 60 seats; the All India Trinamool Congress won 7 and the MPP won 4. Shri Okram Ibobi Singh of the INC became the Chief Minister for his third term. Smt Y Indira Devi is the Secretary of the state Legislative Assembly. Krishan Kant Paul is the Governor of the state.


Facts About Manipur's Polity

Parliamentary Constituencies2
Assembly Constituencies 60
Ruling PartyIndian National Congress
Opposition PartyTrinamool Congress
Chief MinisterShri Okram Ibobi Singh
GovernorDr. Najma A. Heptulla
Chief Electoral OfficerOinam Nabakishore Singh
AddressManipur Secretariat( North Block) West Block, Room No 220 Imphal 795001

Manipur Assembly Election 2017 Dates

Poll Event Phase-1 (38 ACs) Phase-1 (38 ACs)
Date of Notification07.02.2017 (TUE)09.02.2017 (THU)
Last Date of Making Nomination14.02.2017 (TUE)16.02.2017 (THU)
Scrutiny of Nominations 16.02.2017 (THU)17.02.2017 (FRI)
Withdrawal of Candidature18.02.2017 (SAT)20.02.2017 (MON)
Date of Poll04.03.2017 (SAT)08.03.2017 (WED)
Date of Counting 11.03.2017 (SAT) 11.03.2017 (SAT)
Date of Completion 15.03.2017 (WED) 15.03.2017 (WED)

List of Chief Ministers of Manipur

S. No.Chief MinisterFromToParty Name
1Okram Ibobi SinghMar 14, 2012PresentINC
2Okram Ibobi SinghMar 2, 2007Mar 13, 2012INC
3Okram Ibobi SinghMar 7, 2002Mar 1, 2007INC
4President's ruleJun 2, 2001Mar 6, 2002 
5Radhabinod KoijamFeb 15, 2001Jun 1, 2001SAP
6Wahengbam Nipamacha SinghDec 16, 1997Feb 14, 2001MSCP
7Rishang KeishingDec 14, 1994Dec 15, 1997INC
8President's ruleDec 31, 1993Dec 13, 1994 
9Raj Kumar Dorendra SinghApr 8, 1992Apr 10, 1993INC
10President's ruleJan 7, 1992Apr 7, 1992 
11Raj Kumar Ranbir SinghFeb 23, 1990Jan 6, 1992MRP
12Raj Kumar Jaichandra SinghMar 4, 1988Feb 22, 1990INC
13Rishang KeishingJun 19, 1981Mar 3, 1988INC(I)
14President's ruleFeb 28, 1981Jun 18, 1981 
15Rishang KeishingNov 27, 1980Feb 27, 1981INC
16Raj Kumar Dorendra SinghJan 14, 1980Nov 26, 1980INC
17President's ruleNov 14, 1979Jan 13, 1980 
18Yangmasho ShaizaJun 29, 1977Nov 13, 1979JNP
19President's ruleMay 16, 1977Jun 28, 1977 
20Raj Kumar Dorendra SinghDec 6, 1974May 15, 1977INC
21Yangmasho ShaizaJul 10, 1974Dec 5, 1974MHU
22Mohammed AlimuddinMar 4, 1974Jul 9, 1974MPP
23President's ruleMar 28, 1973Mar 3, 1974 
24Mohammed AlimuddinMar 23, 1972Mar 27, 1973MPP
25President's ruleOct 17, 1969Mar 22, 1972 
26Mairembam Koireng SinghFeb 19, 1968Oct 16, 1969INC
27President's ruleOct 25, 1967Feb 18, 1968 
28Longjam Thambou SinghOct 13, 1967Oct 24, 1967Manipur United Front
29Mairembam Koireng SinghMar 20, 1967Oct 4, 1967INC
30President's ruleJan 12, 1967Mar 19, 1967 
31Mairembam Koireng SinghJul 1, 1963Jan 11, 1967INC

List of Governors of Manipur

S.No.Name of GovernorFromTo
1Dr. Najma A. HeptullaAug 17, 2016Present
2Shri V. ShanmuganathanSep 30, 2015Aug 17, 2016
3Syed Ahmed May 16, 2015Sep 27, 2015(Died)
4Krishan Kant PaulDec 30, 2014May 13, 2015
5Shri Vinod Kumar DuggalDec 31, 2013Dec 30, 2014
6Ashwani KumarJul 23, 2013Dec 31, 2013
7Gurbachan JagatJul 23, 2008Jul 22, 2013
8Shivinder Singh SidhuAug 6, 2004Jul 22, 2008
9Arvind DaveJun 13, 2003Aug 5, 2004
10Ved MarwahDec 2, 1999Jun 12, 2003
11O. N. ShrivastavaDec 23, 1994Feb 11, 1999
12V.K. NayarAug 31, 1993Dec 22, 1994
13K. V. Raghunatha ReddyMar 20, 1993Aug 30, 1993
14Chintamani PanigrahiJul 10, 1989Mar 19, 1993
15K. V. Krishna RaoJun 2, 1984Jul 7, 1989
16S. M. H. BurneyAug 12, 1981Jun 11, 1984
17L.P. SinghSep 21, 1973Aug 11, 1981
18B. K. NehruJan 21, 1972Sep 20, 1973

List of Cabinet Ministers of Manipur

MinistriesName of Minsiter
Chief Minister, DP, Finance, Power, MAHUD, MI, Science &Technology,TourismShri. O. Ibobi Singh
Deputy Chief Minister, Home, Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Tribal Affairs & HillsShri. Gaikhangam
Revenue, Law & Legislative Affairs, Forest & EnvironmentShri.Th. Debendra Singh
Health & Family Welfare, GAD, CADAShri. Phungzathang Tonsing
PHED, Labour& EmploymentShri. I. Hemochandra Singh
Commerce & Industries, Sericulture, Veterinary & Animal HusbandryShri. Govindas Konthoujam
Education, CAF & PDShri. M. Okendro
IFCD, Printing & StationaryShri. Ngamthang Haokip
RD & PR, Economics & StatisticsShri. Francis Ngajokpa
Works, TransportDr. Kh. Ratankumar Singh
Social Welfare, CooperationKm. Ak. Mirabai Devi
Agriculture, FisheriesMd. Abdul Nasir

List of Rajya Sabha Members of Manipur

Haji Abdul SalamIndian National Congress10/04/2014 to 09/04/2020

Chief Electoral Officer Manipur

Oinam Nabakishore Singh The Chief Electoral Officer of Manipur Manipur Secretariat (North Block), West Block Room No. 220 Imphal - 795 001

Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

The north eastern state of Manipur is represented by only two constituencies – Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur. Both the constituencies were won by Indian National Congress (INC). Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and the Janata Dal (United ) are few of the important political parties in the state. Okram Ibobi Singh is the Chief Minister of Manipur under the government of INC. INC has a stronghold in the state and the exit polls survey predicts the continuation of the party's victory in the state. Manipur located in the north east India merged with the Indian union on 15th October, 1949. The border state was centrally administered by the Indian government through a Chief Commissioner. In 1950, this advisory form of government was replaced by a Territorial Council of 30 elected and 2 nominated members. Manipur has two parliamentary seats: Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur.Outer Manipur is reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates. The main political parties of the state are the Indian National Congress (INC), the Manipur People's Party (MPP), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and the Janata Dal (United ). There are about 7.89 crore voters in the state.