IMPHAL, April 18 - The second phase of polling in Manipur for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency today went smoothly except for an incident of firing by security men in a polling station in Imphal East district.
Violent activities was reported at Kiyamgei Muslim South (A) polling station under Keirao Assembly constituency in Imphal East district during a tussle between supporters of two rival parties. However, the situation was brought under control even though a voting machine was destroyed.
Voting began at 7 am Thursday amidst tight security. The turnout was good in most of the polling stations including those visited by this reporter in Imphal West and Imphal East districts. The poll percentage recorded till 9 am was 14.99 per cent, but picked up as the day progressed.
The Chief Electoral Officer PK Singh when contacted around 5.30 pm said the polling percentage was about 75 per cent. However, in many places there were long lines of voters at close of poll hour at 4 pm.
�Besides, about ten per cent of the polling parties are yet to submit their reports. Therefore, the final turnout percentage is likely to go up,� he said.
The polling for Inner Manipur seat was held at 1,300 polling stations, including 138 polling stations managed by only women polling officials. One polling station in Imphal East district was manned by persons with disabilities.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh accompanied by his wife Heiyainu cast their votes at Srivan High School at Luwangsangbam Mamang Leikai in Imphal East district at around 9.15 am.
A total of 11 candidates including Dr RK Ranjan (BJP), O Nabakishore (Cong), Dr M Nara (CPI), G Tonsana (Manipur Democratic People�s Front), RK Anand (North East India Development Party), O Jugindro (Manipur People�s Party) are in the fray to the Inner Manipur seat.
More than 40 companies of paramilitrary forces and State police were deployed for the smooth conduct of the poll.
RE-POLL: Meanwhile, re-polling in 19 polling stations under Outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency in Manipur passes off peacefully today.
Reports said polling started from 7 am. However, at Tadubi (A-1) polling station at Mao Maram higher secondary school under Tadubi Assembly constituency in Senapati district, the repolling was started around 7.50 am following malfunctioning of the voting machines, sources said.
The repoll was held at 11 polling stations in Senapati district, four in Ukhrul district, three in Churachandpur district and one in Chandel district. The repoll was held after the Returning Officer for Outer Manipur seat recommended for a repoll.