IMPHAL, Oct 17 � More than 80 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the by-election to Hiyanglam Assembly constituency in Manipur�s Thoubal district on Friday.
The by-election was held peacefully according to Election office sources in Thoubal district. The polling percentage in most of the 34 polling stations was an impressive 80-85 per cent, as per tentative polling booth figures, with Arong Nongmaikhong, Elangkhangpokpi, Sekmaijin polling booths recording about 95 per cent, sources added.
The polling percentage is likely to increase once the respective presiding officers of the polling booths submit their report to the concerned Returning Officer and Chief Electoral Officer.
Voters of Sekmaijin, Khunou, Hiyanglam and Lamjao villages, about 45 km south of Imphal, turned out in large numbers since polling began at 7 am to exercise their franchise. The main contest is between the BJP and Congress.
Prominent candidates in the fray include former MLA E Dwijamani (INC), Maibam Dhanabir (BJP), Th Laiba of Manipur State Congress Party (MSCP), Y Radheshyam of All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) and M Amutombi of Manipur People�s Party of Manipur People�s Party (MPP).
The by-election was necessitated by the death of Maibam Kunjo (AITC), a former Information Minister, on August 11 this year. Dhanabir, BJP candidate in Hiyanglam constituency, is his eldest son.