The first phase of the ongoing Assembly polls in Manipur had witnessed a huge turnout of 86% and continuing the streak, the State saw enormous footfalls in the second phase as well. 83% people have voted in this phase till 3 pm and the numbers are expected to go higher.
State Chief Electoral Officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan said the percentage was expected to go up as long queues were still visible outside several polling booths. The CEO said polling was peaceful except for a few incidents of violence outside the polling booths in Tamenglong Assembly segment.
Some cases of causing damage to the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported in Chandel Assembly segment. The EVMs were replaced within a short time, he added.
The 22 Assembly segments, where polling is being held, are spread over the valley district of Thoubal and the hill districts of Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong and Senapati.
Polling official succumbs to injury
Unfortunately, a polling official who was wounded yesterday in bomb blasts by militants near the India-Myanmar border in Kamjong district today succumbed to his injuries. Poll official H Ramkating, who used to work as an assistant teacher in a primary school in Ukhrul district, was injured in the blast which went off near in Ashang Khullen village.