Record 84 pc turnout in first phase of Manipur polls: EC
05 March, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Rachel Hardy
The voter turnout for the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls was recorded at 57.03 per cent till 5 p.m. The voting percentage went up further after the final calculations were officially declared by Chief Electoral Officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan during a press meet in his office, Lamphelpat. Polling stations with defective EVMs functioned long after 3 pm, the official closing time. Polling personnel for the remaining districts will start making their way to their respective polling stations from Friday.All district magistrates have issued prohibitionary orders under Section 144 of CrPc, banning unlawful assembly and public meetings for the next 48 hours, the CEO said.
However, Irom Sharmila's PRJA candidate Erendro Leichombam attacked by unknown persons.
Polls were held in six districts in the state including Imphal East, Imphal West and Bishnupur.
Election campaign of the 1st phase election of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly ends scheduled on March 4 ends today as per directives of the ECI.
"The state has huge potential in the tourism sector which has not been utilised by the Congress during the last 15 years of its rule". She is contesting the election from the Thoubal constituency.
The Assembly segments of Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency, represented by firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath, and Mau, where jailed gangster-turned-MLA Mukhtar Ansari is in fray, figure in this phase of UP polling.
He said elaborate security have been made and adequate numbers of Central forces have been deployed.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav too is leaving no stone unturned and is preparing for a mega roadshow with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Varanasi.
The BJP fielded 45 candidates in this phase of the elections, while its allies - Apna Dal and Suhel Dev Bhartiya Party - contested one seat each. The seven districts - Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Azamgarh, Mau and Ballia - which went to polls in this phase present a fertile landscape but rank very low on development scale. The UNC blocked the movement of goods through two National Highways to the plains of the State where the Meiteis, who are also BJP's key voter base, reside. Manipur's political heavyweight and former Congress minister Phungzathang Tonsing, who had resigned from the grand old party, contested from Churachandpur constituency on the ticket of National People's Party (NPP) in the first phase of the state polls. The voting for this phase is to be held on 4 March.
A total of 11,32,525 votes including 7084 service electors were eligible for casting votes in the first phase poll in which voting was conducted in 1643 stations located in 1291 locations.
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