Manipur bypolls: 91.54% voter turnout recorded in bypolls for 4 Assembly seats

The bypolls were necessitated after Congress MLAs representing the four constituencies had resigned from the state Assembly and also quit the party to join the BJP's Manipur unit

Press Trust of India November 07, 2020 21:34:40 IST
Manipur bypolls: 91.54% voter turnout recorded in bypolls for 4 Assembly seats

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Imphal:  Around 91.54 percent of total 1.35 lakh voters exercised their franchise in by-elections to four Assembly seats in Manipur on Saturday, amid tight security and strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, an Election Commission official said.

Polling ended peacefully and the fate of total 11 candidates in Lilong and Wangjing-Tentha seats in Thoubal district, Saitu in Kangpokpi and Wangoi in Imphal West were sealed in EVMs in 203 polling stations, he said.

Lilong reported the highest voter turnout at 93.29 percent, followed by Wangoi (91.19), Saitu (90.88) and Wangjing-Tentha (90.86), an EC report said.

The by-elections were necessitated after Congress MLAs of the four seats resigned from the Assembly and quit the party. They have joined the BJP.

The ruling BJP is contesting in three seats and supporting an independent candidate in Lilong seat, while the opposition Congress is in the fray in all four constituencies.

The Wangoi seat will witness an interesting battle as the National People's Party (NPP), a coalition partner of the BJP-led government in the state, fielded its candidate against the nominees of the Congress and the saffron camp.

All safety measures were in place and polling personnel were provided with PPE kits, the official said. The counting of votes will take place on 10 November.

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