Around 32 per cent of the 9,28,626 voters exercised their franchise till 11 am for the Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency on Thursday. Chief Electoral Officer PK Singh said 32.18 per cent voting was recorded till the first four hours.
The electorate comprising 4,80,751 women voters are eligible to cast their votes at 1,300 polling stations in the second phase of polling.
Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla, after casting vote at TG Higher Secondary School, urged voters not to waste their democratic right.
The governor who has moved her voting constituency to Imphal from her constituency in New Delhi, said, “We should cast our vote in the place where we live”.
Heptulla is now enrolled in the Sagolband Assembly constituency in Manipur’s Imphal West district.
She reminded the people that unlike in some other countries where women had to fight for their right to vote, “The Indian Constitution provides adult franchise to both men and women.”
A total of 12 candidates, including five independents are in the fray from the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat.
Outer Manipur constituency, the only other parliamentary seat in the state, went to the polls in the first phase on April 11.