Manipur By-elections: Polling in four Assembly constituencies peaceful; 17.46 pc voters' turnout till 9 am

The polling for the four Assembly seats which will decide the fate of 11 candidates in the fray.

For the first time, as Manipur goes to polls amid the COVID-19 pandemic for the by-elections in four Assembly Constituencies, the state witnessed 17.46 per cent voters’ turnout till 9 am Saturday, according to the CEO office Manipur.

The polling for the four Assembly seats which will decide the fate of 11 candidates in the fray began at 7 am Saturday.

The estimated voters turnout in Lilong was 21.80 per cent, 19.80 per cent in Saitu, 19.46 per cent n Wangjing Tentha and 15.65 per cent in Wangoi Assembly constituencies. So far, polling largely remains peaceful in all the four constituencies. Over 1.35 lakhs voters will seal the fate of 11 candidates in the fray.

The polling is being conducted by strictly adhering to the COVID-19 protocol issued by the Chief Election Commissioner of India. Essential items such as face masks, hand sanitizers and hand gloves were distributed to the voters at all polling booths by the ASHA and Anganwadi workers as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during elections.

The candidates of the byelections being held on Saturday are:

In Wangoi - Onaim Lukhoi Singh of the BJP, Khuraijam Loken Singh of the NPP and Salam Joy Singh of the INC

In Lilong - Md Abdul Nasir -Independnet, Y Antas Khan -Independent and Me Azizul Haque Khan of the INC

In Wangjing Tentha- Paonam Brojen of the BJP, Moirangthem Hemanta Singh of the INC and Sarangthem Manaobi - Independent

In Saitu - Ngamthang Haokip of the BJP and Lamtinthang Haokip of INC.

The polling in all the four constituencies of the state will end by 5 pm and the counting of the votes will be conducted on November 10.

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First Published:Nov. 7, 2020, 10:06 a.m.

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