UP polls phase 6: 57.03% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm

Economic blockade was 'handiwork' of the Manipur CM: Rijiju

Campaign for 1st Phase Election ends; 168 candidates including 6 women are in the fray in 38 Assembly constituencies

The poll percentage for the valley can be treated as finalized as nearly all the polling officials have reached their respective district headquarters and reported to the DEOs. Polling stations with defective EVMs functioned long after 3 pm, the official closing time. Altogether 5,44,050 male voters, 5,75,220 female voters, 5169 male service voters and 1915 female service voters are expected to exercise their right to adult franchise at 1,643 polling stations. Mr Leichombam Erendro, candidate of the PRJA, Thangmeiband, who was assaulted by some persons at Thangmeiband, has filed a police report naming the suspects. The last phase of polling would be held on March 8 in 40 seats and the counting of votes of all the 7 phases would be taken up on March 11.

Scenes of enthusiasm were seen across the 1643 polling booths in 38 constituencies which polled in the assembly election on Saturday. On the political stage, ruling Congress and challenger BJP wrapped up their campaigns with last-minute efforts to woo the voters.BJP rolled out audio-visual vans highlighting the "failures" of the 15-year Congress government. Although she seems to be extraordinarily silent regarding the economic blockade, but it is also evident that she in this election is not targeting to form a government but rather consolidate for herself and her party a place in the sphere of Manipur politics. The state elections will be a big electoral test for the three-time Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.

In all, 168 candidates are contesting in the first phase. The Congress may have an edge over BJP in the seven Kuki dominated seats in the hills, says a Kuki leader George Guite.

Manipur National Democratic Front is contesting in 10 assembly constituencies while North East India Democratic Party is fighting from eight seats.

Interestingly, there is no Congress candidate in the Churachandpur and the Kangpokpi constituencies.

As many as 837 polling stations were identified as hyper sensitive and 529 as sensitive by the Election Commission (EC).

The first phase of the assembly polls reflected a very important fact that the spirit of the people when it comes to voting can not be shunned by any disruptive force. He is contesting from the Thangmeiband constituency and is the convener of PRJA (Peoples' Resurgence and Justice Alliance), a political party he co-founded with Manipur's Iron lady Irom Sharmila Chanu and few others. The voting for this phase is to be held on 4 March.

The newspapers which carried the advertisements are: Sangai Express (Manipuri and English editions), Poknapham, People's Chronicle, Naharolgi, Thoudang, Imphal Free Press, Echel Express and Huiyen Lanpao.

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