Imphal, Mar 9: The repoll in 34 polling stations in three districts in Manipur, where election was held in the first phase on March 4, today recorded an 89 per cent voting.
Manipur Chief Electoral Officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan said, “89 per cent polling was recorded at the end of the repoll in 34 polling stations.”
Dewangan said that a repoll would be held in a single booth tomorrow in view of reports of malpractices there.
The Election Commission has also ordered a repoll tomorrow in 27 polling stations spread across 22 Assembly constituencies where election was held in the second phase on March 8 following complaints of electoral malpractices.
Assembly election in Manipur came to an end on March 8, with the concluding phase 2 polling ending at 3 PM, with 86% voter turnout recorded. Earlier on March 4, Manipur voted for the first phase of the assembly polls and it recorded 84% voter turn out at the end of the day.
The prime contenders in this Manipur assembly election were the BJP, the Congress, the newly formed Irom Sharmila’s People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) and the Naga People’s Front (NPF). However, apart from that there are several national and regional political parties like the CPI(M), MPP, MNDF, which are expected to have minimal influence over the poll.
Manipur has witnessed a prolong period of crisis as the state remains enveloped in an economic blockade called by the United Naga Council(UNC), who is protesting against the creation of the seven new districts by the State Government. Alleging this to be a move by the State Government to woo voters and undermine Naga people’s idea of a politically integrated Nagaland or the Greater Nagaland, the UNC has imposed the blockade which worried even the Union Ministry if in such situation the polls would be a good idea.
However, the polls were more or less peaceful, only with March 8 incident of an IED blast at a crowded market in Imphal. Apart from the huge turn out of voters only imply that the people of Manipur believe that democracy is still a functional system, even under crisis.
(With inputs from PTI)