Unique painting competition attracts onlookers

IMPHAL: In a unique style of conducting painting competition and for the first time in the state, participants of a painting competition held under the theme of ‘Free, fair and peaceful election’ stretched on from the northern gate of Kangla Fort's periphery to the southern gate of the sacred site on Sunday.

       The painting competition was jointly organised by Editors’ Guild Manipur and Neo-gene Contemporary Arts of Manipur and was sponsored by office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur as part of its ongoing SVEEP campaign.

       The competition was held in five different categories namely Category I (Open), Category II (College students), Category III (Higher Sec Students), Category IV (class VI to X) and Category V (class I to V).

        In another first of its kind painting competition organised in the state, the participants were allowed to use spray colours for better effect and presentation, president of Editors’ Guild Manipur president A Mobi told media persons. He added that many passers-by halted to watch the event as they were seeing such unusual competition for the first time in the state.

        Stating that the competition was organised mainly in connection with the ensuing 11th state assembly election to make the people aware of the voter’s right and the value of their vote by imparting knowledge of election to the students, Mobi maintained that organising such competition will influence and motivate the youths to ensure free and fair election in their respective constituencies.

          About 800 participants took part in the competition, far less than the number expected by the organisers. Prizes to the winners of all categories and 10 consolation prizes in each category will be distributed on January 25 on the occasion of National Voter’s Day observance, he informed.

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