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Manipur Assembly Election: 78.03 per cent voter turnout registered until 5 p.m.

The voting for first phase Manipur Assembly election 2022 achieved a 78.03 per cent voter turnout until 5 p.m. on Monday.

The news: Polling in the first phase of assembly elections in Manipur began at 7 a.m. on Monday in 38 constituencies spread across five districts with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols. 

What Happened

  • The elections for 38 assembly constituencies were marred by sporadic acts of violence.
  • The Election Commission’s officials, while monitoring polling in Manipur via live CCTV footage, found that cash was being distributed at a polling station in Keirao constituency.
  • Meanwhile, voters of the transgender community are taking an active part in the Manipur Assembly Elections 2022.
  • According to a leading news agency’s report, a havildar of 8th Manipur Rifles who was deployed for poll duty was found dead in Pherzawl district early on Monday morning, police said. 
  • While it remains unclear how the incident occurred, police have registered a case for further inquiry. The body has been airlifted to Imphal. 
  • Polling was stalled at a polling station in Saitu constituency this morning after a clash broke out between two groups, police said.
  • As many as 12,09,439 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to elect their representatives from among 173 candidates, including 15 women, across 1,721 polling stations.
  • The Manipur Assembly election is being held in two phases on February 28 and March 5. The votes will be counted on March 10.
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