Manipur polls 2017: Congress will get a clear mandate, says CM Ibobi Singh

An electorate of over 7.59 lakh is eligible to make its democratic choice from among 98 candidates - four of them women - in 1,151 polling stations spread over the five districts of Thoubal, Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong and Senapati.

Manipur polls 2017: Congress will get a clear mandate, says CM Ibobi Singh

Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh casts vote in the last and final phase of the state assembly polls on Wednesday.

"We will get a clear mandate. This election is something like a referendum both hill and the valley," Ibobi said.

Votings began at 7 am for 22 constituencies amid heightened security following a bomb blast that left two persons wounded a day ago, according to news agency reports.

An electorate of over 7.59 lakh is eligible to make its democratic choice from among 98 candidates - four of them women - in 1,151 polling stations spread over the five districts of Thoubal, Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong and Senapati.


In Thoubal constituency, human right activist-turned-politician Irom Sharma is taking on the three-time chief minister of the state, Ibobi Singh. Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Leitanthem Basanta Singh as its candidate in this polls.

Sharmila, who in 2016 ended a 16-year-long fast demanding the revocation of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, has now entered politics promising to repeal the legislation through constitutional means.

The Ibobi-led Congress has ruled Manipur for the past 15 years, with the BJP emerging as the main challenger in the ongoing elections.

Security has been beefed up after twin bomb blasts on Tuesday, that injured a polling official and an Assam Rifles trooper near the India-Myanmar border in Kamjong district.

"Helicopters were used to airlift polling officials, security personnel for the hard-to-access polling stations in the hill areas," said state Chief Electoral Officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan.