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Manipur Election 2017: 80% turnout as phase one ends

  • Manipur election 2017, Irom Sharmila, PRAJA
    Over 80 percent polling was recorded in the first phase of elections to the Manipur Assembly

    Voting in the 38 constituencies, which went to polls on the day, came to a close at 3 pm, as per the Election Commission (EC) schedule.

  • Manipur election 2017, Irom Sharmila, PRAJA
    People's Resurgence & Justice Alliance (PRAJA)'s Irom Sharmila shows her finger marked with indelible ink

    Although the preliminary reports at 3 pm put the polling figure at 80 percent, the commission officials said the final figure could be a little higher.

  • Manipur election 2017, Irom Sharmila, PRAJA
    A group of Manipuri youths appeal voters to Vote for None Of The Above (NOTA)

    It was widely feared that there could be violence, since there were minor clashes, bomb blasts, gun attacks and torching of at least four vehicles in the pre-election violence.

  • Manipur election 2017, Irom Sharmila, PRAJA
    Voters stand in queues at a polling center to cast their votes

    For the first time, women security personnel and polling officials were deployed at 10 polling stations in Imphal east district and six polling stations in Bishnupur district.

  • Manipur election 2017, Irom Sharmila, PRAJA
    People stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station

    The police heaved a sigh of relief as voting ended, with no major law and order problem being reported from anywhere.

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