Imphal: Over 48.88 per cent of the voters exercised their democratic choice till 1 pm amid reports of stray violence in round one of Manipur Assembly polls covering 38 constituencies on Monday.
Kangpokpi district reported the highest voter turnout of 61.30%, followed by Imphal West with 52.15%.
Ten per cent poll percentage was recorded till 0900 hours in the first phase poll in Manipur. A total of 12,09,439 voters including 5,80,607 male, 6,28,657 female and 175 transgender voters will exercise their franchise in 1,721 polling stations.
Manipur chief minister is contesting from his traditional home seat, Heingang constituency in Imphal East. Notably, he is seeking the fifth term in the state.
Speaking to the media after casting his vote, Manipur CM N Biren Singh expressed confidence that the BJP will be voted to power in the state. He said, “The BJP is expecting at least 30 out of 38 seats in the first phase. People of Manipur like Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
The first incident of poll violence has been reported from Churachandpur district of Manipur.
The incident took place in 60 Singngat polling stations where KPA supporters manhandled an individual for allegedly rigging votes. One person received injuries in the ensuing clash. With agency inputs