As the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections commenced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged all voters, especially the young and first-time voters to exercise their franchise. The polling began at 7 am and will continue till 4 pm.
In a tweet, PM Modi said, “Urging all those voting today in the first phase of the Manipur Assembly elections to turnout in record numbers and cast their vote. I particularly call upon the young and first time voters to exercise their franchise.”
Urging all those voting today in the first phase of the Manipur Assembly elections to turnout in record numbers and cast their vote. I particularly call upon the young and first time voters to exercise their franchise.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 28, 2022
The voting is being held at 38 constituencies spread across five districts including Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur, Churachandpur, and Kangpokpi. The state has a total of 60 assembly seats. As many as 173 candidates are in the fray in the ongoing polls.
A total of 12,09,439 voters including 5,80,607 male, 6,28,657 female and 175 transgender voters are expected to exercise their franchise across 1,721 polling stations, said Rajesh Agarwal, Manipur’s chief electoral officer of Manipur.
After casting vote Chief Minister Biren Singh, who is contesting from his home seat, said BJP will get absolute majority this time and form it’s own government. He is confident of getting 30 seats out of 38 assembly constituencies which goes to poll today. Singh, who is contesting against Congress candidate P Sharat, said he will get 75% votes of the 33,000 plus votes in the constituency.