IMPHAL: 78.03% voting is recorded in the first phase of polling of the Manipur assembly elections. 38 assembly constituencies of the state went to polling in this phase.
Kangpopki has polled highest voting percentage (82.97%), while Bishnupur stands at lowest (73.44%).
A total of 173 candidates, including 15 females, are in the fray in this phase.
The voters who are COVID-19 positive or are under quarantine will be allowed to vote between 3 pm to 4 pm.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh is contesting from Heingang constituency in Imphal East. “The BJP is expecting at least 30 out of 38 seats in the first phase. People of Manipur like PM Narendra Modi,” he said after casting his vote.
“A total of 12,09,439 voters including 5,80,607 male, 6,28,657 female and 175 transgender voters are in Phase-I who will exercise their franchise across 1,721 polling stations. There is a total of 10,041 PwD electors and 251 centenarian voters in these 38 assembly constituencies,” the Chief Electoral Officer of Manipur, Rajesh Agrawal informed.
An incident of poll disruption has been reported in Keithelmanbi.
Elections for the rest of the 22 constituencies will take place in the second phase on March 5.