Assembly elections: 84% turnout in Manipur, 57% in Uttar Pradesh

An estimated 57.03% polling was recorded in the sixth phase of the ongoing Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and around 84% voters cast their votes in the first phase of polls in Manipur on Saturday.

Assembly elections: 84% turnout in Manipur, 57% in Uttar Pradesh

An estimated 57.03% polling was recorded in the sixth phase of the ongoing Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and around 84% voters cast their votes in the first phase of polls in Manipur on Saturday.

Voters began queuing on Saturday to cast their ballots in 49 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh and 38 constituencies of Manipur in the crucial assembly elections.

Over 7 districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh voted in the sixth phase of assembly polls. At least 635 candidates are in the fray in this phase spread over Azamgarh, Ballia, Deoria, Gorakhpur, Kushi Nagar, Maharajganj and Mau districts of UP. Over 1.7 crore voters, including 94.60 lakh men and 77.84 lakh women, are eligible to vote in UP.


In Manipur, the ongoing economic blockade led by the United Naga Council has become a key election issue. 168 candidates are trying their luck for the 38 seats in the first hase of Manipur elections.

Most of the polling stations were manned by the Central Para Military Forces. About 2,150 polling stations and about 680 helmets were identified as sensitive and vulnerable. Special security measures taken at such places.

BJP is the only party contesting all 60 seats in Manipur while the Congress, which was in power in the outgoing assembly, is fielding 59 candidates.

Activist Irom Sharmila, who broke her 16-year fast in 2016 and founded the Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance, is also contesting in the Manipur elections.