Manipur polls: 82 pc turnout

Around 82 per cent of the electorate on Saturday exercised their franchise in Manipur assembly elections marred by militants' violence that claimed five lives and left two injured.


Chief electoral officer P C Lawmkunga said as per preliminary official reports, 82 per cent of the 17.40 lakh electorate cast votes but details from the nine districts in the state were yet to be received.


A CRPF man, three Village Volunteer Force personnel and a civilian were killed and two injured when miliants attacked an polling station in an interior area in Sugnu assembly constituency in Chandel district, official sources said.


The fate of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh (Thoubal), Forest Minister and Congress leader Th Debendra (Jiribam), Congress nominee and Speaker I Hemochandra Singh (Shingjamei), former chief minister and NCP chief Radhabinod Koijam (Thangmeiband), Manipur people's party (MPP) leader and former deputy chief minister] L Chandramani Singh (Patsoi), were sealed in EVMs.


A total of 279 candidates were in the fray and as many as 12,967 polling personnel were deployed for the elections at 2,357 polling stations.

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