Imphal, Apr 11 : Voting for Outer Manipur Parliamentary Election began today at 7 am in a fine weather.
A total of 10,10,618 (4,95,583 males and 5,15,022 females) voters are eligible to exercise their franchise for the Outer Manipur PC. Long queue has been witnessed in most of the 1562 polling stations since early morning. The poll will conclude at 4 pm but those who entered the polling stations by 4 pm will be allowed to vote.
There were reports of EVM failures at Heirok constituency which delayed the voting. The fates of eight candidates namely NCP's Angam Karung Kom, INC's K James, NPP's Thangminlien Kipgen, NPF's Lorho S Pfoze, BJP's Houlim Shokhopao Mate, NEIDP's Ashang Kasar, JD-U's Hangkhanpau Taithul and Independent candidate Leikhan Kaipu will be sealed in the EVM machines. The Outer PC has 11,347 service voters and for the first time 13 third gender voters have been recorded.
In 227 polling stations declared as critical and 171 polling stations declared as vulnerable additional security personnel were provided. So far there was no report of any untoward incident. The Outer Manipur PC covers 28 Assembly segments. The next phase of election will be held on April 18 covering 32 constituencies.
To help visually impaired and disabled voters, pick up and drop facilities were provided. All the EVMs will be tracked using GPS and election officials were monitoring the security and other arrangements round the clock. CCTV cameras have been installed at all polling stations and officials were monitoring the election from the control rooms. There were no electricity in most of the polling stations and electrification works were done prior to the election to enable the officials monitor the elections. Ramparts were also constructed to help voters who use wheel chairs. About 90 companies of security personnel were deployed for the poll today. UNI