Stray incidents of violence marred the first phase of Manipur assembly elections to 38 constituencies on Monday as 78.03 per cent of around 12.09 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 5 PM when polling ended, an hour after the time announced earlier, officials said.
Naorem Ibochouba, a state police personnel deployed for poll duty in Tipaimukh assembly constituency in Churachandpur district, died in a “suspected case of accidental firing” from his service rifle, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajesh Agarwal said.
The highest voter turnout of 82.97 per cent was recorded in Kangpokpi district followed by Imphal West (82.19 per cent), Imphal East (76.64 per cent) and Churachandpur (74.45 per cent), the officials said.
Long queues of voters outside polling stations in Manipur as voting for the first phase of #ManipurElections2022 continues. Visuals from Chingmeirong Rongmei Upper Primary School in Imphal. pic.twitter.com/ByOmPm2dR3
— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2022
People come out in large numbers, it was a great day. 78.03% voters turnout recorded till 5 pm. The overall percentage will come out after midnight. There were some minor incidents of EVMs being destroyed, Rajesh Agarwal, CEO Manipur was quoted as saying by ANI on first phase of Manipur Assembly elections.