Manipur elections 2017: Voting underway with 168 candidates in fray, 69% polling till 1 pm

Security has been beefed up in and around all the 1643 polling stations where polling started at 7 am.

Manipur elections 2017: Voting underway with 168 candidates in fray, 69% polling till 1 pm

Voting underway for the first phase of polling in Manipur covering 38 constituencies. Security has been beefed up in and around all the 1643 polling stations where polling started at 7 am.

Brisk polling with a voter turnout of 69 per cent was recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of Manipur assembly election, reports Press Trust of India.

Manipur Chief Electoral Officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan said 69 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the first five hours of voting.

Polling process in all polling stations has been webcasting and for those polling stations where webcasting facilities aren't available, the entire process would be video-graphed, according to local media reports.

In this first phase of election, the 168 candidates who are in fray, includes 38 BJP candidates, 37 Congress candidates, four CPI candidates, two CPI-M candidates, 73 candidates of registered but unrecognised candidates and 14 independent candidates.

5,44,050 male voters, 5,75,220 female voters, 5169 male service voters and 1915 female service voters are expected to cast their respective votes.at 1643 polling stations spread across the 38 polling segments.

529 have been categorised as sensitive while 837 have been listed in hyper-sensitive category out of the total 2794 polling stations. The second phase will be held on March 8 and results will be out on March 11.