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62% votes cast in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 22:
Published on 23 Apr. 2009 12:28 AM IST
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Polling across the three valley districts and part of the Thoubal districts included in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency concluded with moderate turn out of voters Wednesday. Preliminary report of the state CEO office calculated 65% out of total 8,26,539 voters. However, the final poll percentage could not be calculated till 7 pm as polling personnel from far flung areas were yet to report to their respective district headquarters. As per the preliminary report, highest turn out of voters was recorded at three Assembly segments of Thoubal district with 71 percent while Imphal west with approximate 55 percent recorded the lowest turn out, Imphal east recorded 70.59% and 56% in Bishnupur district. The poll percentage was the compiled report of the reports available at the CEO office by 7 pm. Polling went on peacefully as no untoward incidents occurred during the poll hours even as attack at a Congressman were reported Tuesday night ahead of polling. Miscreants suspected to be PULF militants fired some rounds at the house of a Congress leader, former Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Md Maniruddin Sheikh at Lilong Tuesday night at around 9.30 p.m apparently in connection with threats to the congress men. No casualties were reported in the firing but a car parked at the front courtyard was damaged. A bomb also exploded near the office premises of the Nambol Block Congress office Tuesday night at around 9.45 pm and another reportedly exploded at Khumbong, the home polling of sitting MP, Dr T Meinya Wednesday morning.. However, no casualties were reported, a police report said A total of 36.58 percent of the 8,26,539 voters in the constituency casted votes till 1 pm, according to compiled report of the state chief election officer (CEO) office. Upto the timing (1 pm) 32.7% voters casted votes in Imphal east, 30.6 % in Imphal west, 45% in Bishnupur district and 38% in Thoubal district. Although there are seven candidates, the main contest was between M Nara of CPI, Th Chaoba of Manipur People’s Party and T Meinya of Congress. The other candidates are W Nipamacha of BJP, A Rehaman (independent), N Homendra (independent) and lone woman candidate L Khetrani of Bahujan Samaj Party. Manipur has two parliamentary constituencies, inner Manipur (valley districts) and Outer Manipur (hill districts). Polling for Outer Manipur seat was held in the first phase on April 16. Counting of votes will be taken up on May 16.

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