Sangyan News Team
Imphal | Sangyan News Desk: Over 76 per cent votes per polled in the second and last phase of voting for 22 seats in Manipur as the polling ended on . Like first phase, the second phase of polling was also marred by a few instances of violence in which at least 2 people lost their lives.
The Police said that one person was killed and another injured in police firing at Karong in Senapati district while a BJP activist succumbed to his injuries in Thoubal district. A police official said that police had to open fire at Karong when some people tried to snatch an EVM from a polling station, thrashing the polling personnel, news agency IANS reported.
In another incident in Thoubal district, some BJP workers reportedly went to the residence of a Congress worker late on Friday night and after an altercation, the Congress worker reportedly fired at the BJP activists injuring few of them who were shifted to the hospital, where one person succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.Election and police officials said that activists of political parties clashed in Mao, Moreh and other places, halting the polling briefly. Political parties are accusing each other of disturbing free and fair election processes in many places. However, details of these incidents are awaited. Men, women and first time voters in large numbers queued up in front of the polling stations well before the voting started at 7 a.m. in six electoral districts.
According to officials, more than 20,000 Central paramilitary force troopers were deployed in the second phase in the six electoral districts – Thoubal, Jiribam, Chandel, Ukhrul, Senapati and Tamenglong. While the Thoubal district falls in the valley area, the other five electoral districts are in the mountainous areas bordering Assam and Nagaland, as well as Myanmar, making security forces maintain maximum vigil along both the international and the inter-state borders.
Manipur Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Agrawal said that 4,988 personnel have been posted in 1,247 polling stations in the six electoral districts to conduct the exercise. He said that in all, 8,38,730 voters, including 4,28,679 females and 31 transgender people, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the second phase to decide the electoral fate of 92 candidates, including two female candidates. Of the 92 candidates, 17 have criminal antecedents, the election official said.
– With IANS inputs