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77.34 % voting in Manipur by-polls
Correspondent/PTI IMPHAL, DEC 19:
Published on 19 Dec. 2009 11:06 PM IST
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Voting began Saturday in Yaiskul Assembly constituency of Imphal East district amidst tight security. By-elections were necessitated due to the death of Congress MLA E Kunjeshore, father of E Suraj, four months ago. The bye-election in Manipur legislative assembly concluded peacefully Saturday with high turnout of voters to decide the fate of four candidates E Suraj (Congress), H Jayadev (independent), S Rajen (Janata Dal Secular) and A Jagadish (independent), in the fray. Central para military forces, including BSF and CRPF, had been deployed at all the 28 polling stations, including nine hyper sensitive, in view of the threat of militant outfits, sources said. Every voter, particularly at certain polling stations, including Wangkhei Boys Junior High School in the heart of Imphal town, was checked with metal detectors. In some polling stations, the voting commenced late due to techanical problems in the EVMs. Meanwhile, no major incident occurred during the exercise, except some few cases of proxy voting and overall the voting was peaceful. The overall voting percentage was above 77.34 by the poll officials. 30 percent was recorded till 11 am while 52.92 percent at 1 pm. Further, counting of votes would be taken up on December 23. The bye-poll was considered to be an acid test for the Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh as people under the banner of the Apunba Lup was spearheading since August demanding his resignation on moral ground to the alleged July 23 “fake encounter” incident that killed two persons and injured five others.

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