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Manipur Election 2017 Highlights: Polling ends in state at 3 pm; voter turnout likely to be more than 80%

Elections in Manipur will be held in two phases — on 4 March and 8 March — with the results being declared on 11 March. Representatives from 60 constituencies will be elected.

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Manipur Election 2017 Highlights: Polling ends in state at 3 pm; voter turnout likely to be more than 80%

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Mar 09, 2017 - 14:07 (IST)

Manipur Election 2017: Peaceful repolls reported in eight districts

Peaceful repolls were reported in 34 polling stations in eight districts of Manipur on Thursday.

Voters stand in queues at a polling booth in Manipur. PTIVoters stand in queues at a polling booth in Manipur. PTI
State Chief Election Officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan disclosed that the repolls were being held as per directives of the Election Commission.

There was tight security at the polling stations to ensure that there was no untoward incident.

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Mar 08, 2017 - 22:54 (IST)

BJP blames Manipur CEO for ads goof-up, set to file counter FIR

Manipur unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to file a counter-FIR against the State Election Commission (SEC) for "mentally harassing" the party's office bearers, and for allegedly creating confusion with regards to advertisements that were published in local dailies in Imphal, Manipur, on 3 March.

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Mar 08, 2017 - 22:01 (IST)

6 injured in Imphal IED blast

At least six persons including four women sustained injury in an IED blast near Kasturi Bridge in the hear of Imphal city on Wednesday evening at about 5.40 pm as the last phase Manipur polls ended. The police said that the two women among the five injured in the blast, which took place in the Kasturi Thong area in Imphal, were admitted to the Regional Institute of Medical Science, a government hospital.

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Mar 08, 2017 - 19:19 (IST)

Repoll in 34 stations on 10 March

State Chief Electoral Officer VK Dewangan has ordered repoll in 34 polling stations which went to the hustings in the first phase on 4 March. The re-poll will take place on 9 March from 7am till 3pm in the 34 polling stations. CEO Manipur Vivekumar Dewangan said re-polling would be held in five polling stations of Andro AC, one each in Uripok, Saikot and Singhat AC, 12 in Saikul, three in Saitu, six in Thanlon and five in Henglep.

Mar 08, 2017 - 15:12 (IST)

Second phase of polling ends in Manipur

Mar 08, 2017 - 15:11 (IST)

Voter turnout at 78% till 2 pm

Mar 08, 2017 - 14:49 (IST)

Voter turnout at 78% till 2 pm

Mar 08, 2017 - 13:26 (IST)

Voter turnout at 67% till 1 pm

 

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:39 (IST)

Voter turnout at 56% till 12 pm

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:37 (IST)

HuffPost-CVoter opinion poll predictions in Manipur


BJP: 23 seats.
Congress: 19 seats.
Smaller parties and independents: 18 seats.

Elections in Manipur will be held in two phases — on 4 March and 8 March — with the results being declared on 11 March. Representatives from 60 constituencies will be elected.

The previous Assembly election, held in 2012, resulted in a landslide victory for the Congress, giving them 42 seats and allowing Okram Ibobi Singh to be re-elected as chief minister for an unprecedented third consecutive term.

Manipur Election 2017 Highlights Polling ends in state at 3 pm voter turnout likely to be more than 80

Representational image. Reuters

While Manipur has been a Congress stronghold for over a decade, thanks to the leadership of Ibobi, a savvy political operator, the BJP has been upbeat about its chances, buoyed undoubtedly by its success in last year's Assam elections. All eyes are also on Irom Sharmila, who shocked many political observers by giving up her 16-year fast against the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Afspa), and decided to enter politics.

Manipur's Iron Lady has formed the People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) and will be taking on the chief minister in his own den — Thoubal constituency — only time will tell if this is a masterstroke or a blunder.

Sharmila, while announcing her decision, had said: "During his 15 years of leadership he has not done anything to repeal Afspa. Since I realise that no politician shall repeal it, I am planning to contest the election, become the chief minister and repeal it."

Here are some quick facts about the state:

Number of Parliamentary Constituencies: 2
Number of Assembly Constituencies: 60
The present ruling party: Indian National Congress
Opposition Party: Trinamool Congress
Chief Minister: Okram Ibobi Singh
Governor: Dr. Najma A. Heptulla
Chief Electoral Officer: Oinam Nabakishore Singh

Political Parties in Manipur

The Indian National Congress (INC)
The Bharatiya Janata Party
The Rashtriya Janata Dal
The Nationalist Congress Party

The main regional political parties are :

Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party
Manipur State Congress party
Lok Jan Shakti Party
All India Trinamool Congress
Manipur People's Party (MPP)
Federal Party of Manipur
Manipur National Conference
Naga People's Front
National People's Party (India)
Nikhil Manipuri MahasabhaManipur Assembly Election 2017

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