March 8: Polling began at 7am on Wednesday for 22 constituencies in the second and final phase of the Manipur Assembly elections, amid heightened security following a bomb blast that left two persons wounded a day ago.
An electorate of over 7.59 lakh is eligible to make its democratic choice from among 98 candidates – four of them women – in 1,151 polling stations spread over the five districts of Thoubal, Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong and Senapati.
All eyes are on Thoubal, where Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh is seeking re-election as the Congress candidate in a five-cornered contest that also features human rights activist and Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) nominee Irom Sharmila and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Leitanthem Basanta Singh.
Sharmila, who in 2016 ended a 16-year-long fast demanding the revocation of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, has now entered politics promising to repeal the legislation through constitutional means.
Here are the updates of Manipur Assembly Elections 2017 Phase 2 Polling:
-As of 2 pm, the total voter turn out recorded in 78 per cent
-As of 1 pm, 67 per cent turn out has been recorded
-As of 12 noon, 56 per cent turn out has been recorded
-As of 11 am (after four hours of voting), Manipur had recorded 45 per cent polling in phase two.
-As of 10 am, 31 per cent polling in phase two recorded.
-As of 9 am, 21 per cent polling recorded.
-Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh says his party will get a clear majority, and that Irom Sharmila isn’t a factor this time. He blames BJP and PM for the blockade.
-First time voters cast their vote in Thoubal, CM Okram Ibobi Singh’s constituency.
-7:33 am: Urging all those voting today, in the 2nd phase of the Manipur Assembly Elections to turnout in large numbers & vote, PM Narendra Modi tweeted.
-7:28 am: Sure of our win, we are confident, says Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh’s son Okram Surjakumar Singh contesting from Khangabok constituency.
-7:25 am: Will get a clear mandate, this election is something like a referendum, both hill and the valley: Manipur CM Okram Singh after casting vote.
-7:00 am: Voting began in 22 constituencies.
Manipur is voting today in the second phase of Assembly elections in the state. The first phase of polling in the state took place on March
It recorded a huge voter turnout of 84 per cent in the valley districts of Imphal East, Imphal West and Bishnupur. The crucial candidates contesting in the second phase are human rights activist-turned-politician Irom Chanu Sharmila and Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh. On Tuesday, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla appealed electorates to cast votes.
On Tuesday, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla appealed electorates to cast their votes in large numbers exercise their fundamental rights. The polling will be held in 22 constituencies of the state including districts Thoubal, Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong and Senapati. The Election Commission has set up 1151 polling stations for the purpose. Heptulla appealed to the voters to show “their constitutional responsibility” to make the north-eastern state “the first state in the country with the highest number of voter turnout.” The result of the elections will be announced on March 11.
Source: IANS, Financial Express
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