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Voter turnout rises to 86.5 pc in Manipur 1st phase polls

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IMPHAL, March 5 - The Election authority in Manipur in consultation with the Election Commission of India will examine and take the decision on Monday for re-polling, if any, in connection with the March 4 first phase Assembly elections. The State Election authority has reportedly received some complaints on Saturday, sources said.

Confirming this, the sources from office of the Chief Electoral Officer on Sunday said that the revised voters turn out during the first phase Assembly elections in the State on Saturday, is 86.5 per cent.

Bishnupur district which has six Assembly seats has recorded the highest turn out of 91.27 per cent while Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts combined having six seats has a tentative figure of 72 per cent. The sources said that the final figure of the two districts will be finalised only after getting reports from some polling booths whose presiding officers numbering around 70 were airlifted from different remote villages on Sunday.

However, the transportation of these Presiding Officers from remote places to Churachandpur district headquarters were reportedly delayed due to bad weather in the districts which are bordering Mizoram and Assam�s Cachar district, the sources added.

Meanwhile, hectic preparations are on for the second phase of the Assembly elections which is scheduled to take place across 1,151 polling stations under 22 Assembly constituencies in 10 valley and hill districts on March 8.

The ruling Congress which had won 15 out of these 22 Assembly constituencies in the 2012 Assembly elections, and opposition BJP have fielded candidates in all the 22 seats while Naga People� Front has put up 11, National People�s Party (7), Trinamool Congress (6), Lok Jan Shakti (5), Manipur National Democratic Front (4), Independendent (9), CPI and PRJA two each, Manipur People�s Party and People�s Democratic Alliance one each.

Leaders of political parties particularly Congress and BJP are holding election rallies for their party candidates for the 2nd phase polls. On Sunday, BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Arunachal Pradesh BJP chief Tapir Gao accompanied BJP Manipur president Kh Bhabananda and addressed rallies at Kakching and Lilong under Thoubal district while Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Deputy CM Gaikhangam campaigned at Heirok constituency also in Thoubal district.

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Voter turnout rises to 86.5 pc in Manipur 1st phase polls

IMPHAL, March 5 - The Election authority in Manipur in consultation with the Election Commission of India will examine and take the decision on Monday for re-polling, if any, in connection with the March 4 first phase Assembly elections. The State Election authority has reportedly received some complaints on Saturday, sources said.

Confirming this, the sources from office of the Chief Electoral Officer on Sunday said that the revised voters turn out during the first phase Assembly elections in the State on Saturday, is 86.5 per cent.

Bishnupur district which has six Assembly seats has recorded the highest turn out of 91.27 per cent while Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts combined having six seats has a tentative figure of 72 per cent. The sources said that the final figure of the two districts will be finalised only after getting reports from some polling booths whose presiding officers numbering around 70 were airlifted from different remote villages on Sunday.

However, the transportation of these Presiding Officers from remote places to Churachandpur district headquarters were reportedly delayed due to bad weather in the districts which are bordering Mizoram and Assam�s Cachar district, the sources added.

Meanwhile, hectic preparations are on for the second phase of the Assembly elections which is scheduled to take place across 1,151 polling stations under 22 Assembly constituencies in 10 valley and hill districts on March 8.

The ruling Congress which had won 15 out of these 22 Assembly constituencies in the 2012 Assembly elections, and opposition BJP have fielded candidates in all the 22 seats while Naga People� Front has put up 11, National People�s Party (7), Trinamool Congress (6), Lok Jan Shakti (5), Manipur National Democratic Front (4), Independendent (9), CPI and PRJA two each, Manipur People�s Party and People�s Democratic Alliance one each.

Leaders of political parties particularly Congress and BJP are holding election rallies for their party candidates for the 2nd phase polls. On Sunday, BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Arunachal Pradesh BJP chief Tapir Gao accompanied BJP Manipur president Kh Bhabananda and addressed rallies at Kakching and Lilong under Thoubal district while Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Deputy CM Gaikhangam campaigned at Heirok constituency also in Thoubal district.