82% turnout in Manipur

Volunteers help an elderly woman to cast her vote in Khurai constituency in Imphal city on Saturday.

Volunteers help an elderly woman to cast her vote in Khurai constituency in Imphal city on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar

Elections were held today in 38 assembly constituencies in the first phase.

Voting for the first phase of polling in Manipur covering 38 constituencies began today amidst tight security. Polling began at 7 am and will end at 3 pm, the Election Commission (EC) said. Polling began at 7 am and will end at 3 pm, the Election Commission (EC) said.

Here are the live updates:

4.15 pm: Polling stations with defective EVMs had to continue casting votes long after 3 pm, the official closing time.

4.10 pm: There were reports of technical snags in some EVMs.

4.00 pm: 82 per cent polling was reported in the first phase of two day polling in Manipur which was held on Saturday. Read more

1:00 p.m.: Brisk polling with a voter turnout of 69% was recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of Manipur assembly election 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.

11:30 a.m.: The Election Commission has ordered registration of an FIR against certain office bearers of the Manipur BJP and eight newspapers for publishing an advertisement without approval of its monitoring committee.

 

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10:30 a.m.: Around 29 % votes were cast in the first three hours of the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections today.

9:00 a.m.: Long queues were visible in front of the polling booths and women voters were also seen in large numbers. No untoward incident has been reported so far, the EC said.

 

8:00 a.m.: An electorate of 19,02,562 comprising 9,28,573 male and 9,73,989 female voters will decide the fate of 168 candidates. The number of new voters is 45,642. Of the total 1,643 polling stations where polling is being held, the EC has identified 837 polling stations as hyper sensitive and 529 as sensitive.

 

7: 30 a.m.: For maintaining peaceful polling 280 companies of central paramilitary forces and armed police of other states have been deployed. Voting for the first phase of polling in Manipur covering 38 constituencies began today amidst tight security.

7: 00 a.m.: PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to urge Manipuri people to come and vote in large numbers.

 

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