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83% votes polled in Manipur till 3 pm, people still in queues

A huge voter turnout of 84% was recorded in first phase of polling to 60-member Assembly on March 4

Assembly Election 2017

Press Trust of India  |  Imphal 

Manipur Assembly Election
A security person stands guard as voters wait in a long queue to cast votes at a polling station during the last phase of assembly polls in Tengoupal, Manipur. Photo: PTI

Manipur recorded a high voter turnout of 83 per cent till 3 pm on Wednesday. Polling is being held in 22 seats in the second and final phase of the state Assembly election.

State Chief Electoral officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan said the percentage was expected to go up as long queues were still visible outside several polling booths.

"We are waiting for the final figures," he told PTI.

The CEO said, polling was peaceful except a few incidents of violence outside polling booths in Tamenglong Assembly segment.

Some cases of causing damage to the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported in Chandel Assembly segment. The EVMs were replaced within a short time, he added.

The 22 Assembly segments, where polling is being held, are spread over the valley district of Thoubal and the hill districts of Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong and Senapati.

A huge voter turnout of 84 per cent was recorded in the first phase of polling to the 60-member Assembly on March 4.

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First Published: Wed, March 08 2017. 19:04 IST