Manipur Assembly Elections: 86% polling in final phase

Indian voters queue at a polling station in Thoubal on March 8 as they wait to cast their vote. Photograph:( AFP )

PTI Imphal, Manipur, India Mar 08, 2017, 12.01 PM (IST)

Manipur recorded around 86 per cent voter turnout in the last phase of Assembly polls, the highest since 2009, PTI quoted the election commission as saying.

Polling was held in 22 seats in the second and final phase of the state Assembly election.

State Chief Electoral officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan earlier said polling was peaceful except a few incidents of violence outside 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.

A huge voter turnout of 84 per cent was recorded in the first phase of polling to the 60-member Assembly on March 4.