Imphal, Apr 10 : More than 70% of the 9,11,699 electorates cast their votes in its Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency seat as the second phase of the nine-stage Lok Sabha elections in the state today.
According to Manipur's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)O Nabakishore. Repoll likely in a polling booth in Chandel district.
Speaking to newspersons here this afternoon,CEO Nabakishore, however, admitted that the exact polling percentage will be known once the final reports from the respective presiding officers come in."Though there was report of replacing 11 EVMs (3 each in Churachandpur,Thoubal and Ukhrul,1 each in Senapati and Jiribam) in view of its malfunctioning in all districts excluding Tamenglong, the polling was by and large peaceful,"he added.
The CEO also informed that they will recommend repolling at 41/21 Lambung Primary school in Chandel district as the EVM engineers could not retrieve the record after an unidentified miscreant damaged the machine around 12.30pm.
The day’s polling was held to elect a Lok Sabha member from among 10 candidates which includes sitting Congress MP Thangso Baite and ex-MPs Kim Gangte, and Mani Charenamei.
With the hope of getting a corruption-free and pro-people government after the poll, many voters mostly women folks came out in groups to cast their votes at their respective polling stations in the five hill districts and eight assembly segments in Thoubal and Imphal East district since early morning.
A student Disy M(23) of Yaikongpao village in Senapati district said they love to have a corruption, free government which can provide employment opportunity to the educated youths besides taking up infrastructure development.
Many voters were seen standing in long queues in front of polling booths when this reporter visited some of the important booths in Senapati district around 10 in the morning.
On the other hand, after casting his vote along with his MLA wife Landhoni at the Athokpam primary high school in Thoubal district, Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh appeared confident that Congress will win both the Lok Sabha seats.