Manipur records 87 percent voter turnout in Imphal East till 5 pm

Among the districts in valley areas, Imphal East district recorded a voter turnout of 87% while 86.9% in Imphal West district and Bishnupur district recorded 87.8%.

About 13% polling was witnessed in the first three hours of the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh elections in 49 assembly seats that started amidst tight security arrangements on Saturday morning.

More than 1.7 Crocre voters will cast their votes at 17926 polling stations in 6 districts including those of Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Azamgarh, Mau, Ballia.

Seven districts of eastern UP going to polls face stiff battle between Samajwadi Party, which won 27 seats in the region last time, and BJP looking to win big with intensive campaigning along with underdog BSP, which was a second with 9 seats in last assembly elections. “However, the figure is subject to change as reports from some polling stations are yet to arrive, ”.

"We heard that there is an incident of attack on one of the party candidates, Erendro Leichombam". The saffron party is hoping to cash in from an anti-incumbency factor.

The first of its two-phased elections today covers 38 Assembly constituencies.

Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker Th Lokeswar, a Congress nominee fielded from Khundrakpam appealed to the electorate to choose the "best candidates" who are capable of ensuring good governance.

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The reason behind the high voters turnout is because of widespread voters awareness programmes, said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Vivek Kumar Dewangan of Manipur Election department.

Interestingly, there is no Congress candidate in the Churachandpur and the Kangpokpi constituencies. Altogether 168 candidates including seven women are in the fray. The small state that Manipur is, media attention and opinion polls are hard to come by but one poll done by India Today-Axis projected a majority for the BJP with 31-35 seats leaving 19-24 for the Congress with the vote share being 40 and 37 per cent respectively.

The trouble ridden state will go for the first phase polls on Saturday with this unanswered question before it, as both the national parties accuse each other of backing United Naga Council, a civil society organisation that has been continuing with the economic blockade in the state for the last four months causing hardship in the valleys of the state.

Sudeep Jain, Director General Election Commission told newspersons that it would take a day or two for the polling parties to return from the remaining 28 per cent of the Assembly constituencies in Manipur.

In a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of Manipur, the EC has ordered that the FIRs under Section 188 of IPC against be lodged against BJP state unit office-bearers and the newspapers, which carried the advertisements on Friday in contravention of its orders and violation of RP Act.

The March 4 ballot will seal the fate of former Union minister and convener of BJP's election management committee Choba Singh, former ministers Y Erabot and N Biren.

  • Delia Davidson