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69% polling till 1 pm in Manipur

PTI Imphal | Updated on January 13, 2018 Published on March 04, 2017
Irom Sharmila casting her vote after 17 years in Khurai constituency, Imphal , Manipur on Saturday, March 4, 2017. A total of 168 candidates for 38 seats are in the fray for the first phase Manipur election on March 4. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

Imphal-Manipur-04-03-2017-Irom Sharmila casting her vote after 17 years in Khurai constituency, Imphal , Manipur on Saturday, March 04, 2017. A total of 168 candidates for 38 seats are in the fray for the first phase Manipur election on March 4. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar   -  The Hindu

Brisk polling with a voter turnout of 69 per cent was recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections today.

Manipur Chief Electoral Officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan said 69 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the first five hours of voting.

State Nodal Officer (Elections) W Chandrakumar Singh told PTI, “given the circumstances in the state and the nature of voting, turnout is likely to increase after 2 pm.”

No report of violence has been reported from anywhere in the state.

The rise in voter turnout reflected a sense of responsibility among the voters, Singh said.

Rights activists Irom Sharmila cast her vote at a polling booth of Khurai assembly constituency.

Elections are being held today in 38 assembly constituencies in the first phase.

In all, 168 candidates are in the fray in this phase.

An electorate of 19,02,562 comprising 9,28,573 male voters and 9,73,989 female voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. There are around 45,642 new voters.

Polling will end at 3 pm.

Published on March 04, 2017
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