40 pc voter turnout in Manipur bypolls
Imphal, June 2 (UNI) About 40 per cent of the 52,265 voters exercised their franchise till noon today in the byelections to Khangabok and Khundrakpam assembly constituencies.
Polling, progressing amid tight security, will end at 1600 hrs. Serpentine queues of voters were seen outside the polling stations.
Official sources said three Magistrates were in Khundrakpam to ensure free and fair election. A large number of central forces were keeping vigil in Khangabok constituency.
The Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have fielded candidates for both seats, while the Samajwadi Party, BJP, Samata Party, MPP and CPI will go in for only one seat each.
A total of three candidates were in the fray for Khangabok constituency at Thoubal district. Six nominees would fight it out for the Khundrakpam seat at Imphal East.
The candidates for Khangabok were Chief Minister O Ibobi's wife Landhoni(Congress), Md Qutub Ali(NCP) and Kh Angou(Samajwadi Party).
O Ibobi had vacated the seat as he won in two constituencies in the elections held in February.
The six candidates for Khundrakpam A/C seat were L Lala(BJP), H Bimola(Samata Party), N Singhajit(MPP), L Premchand(CPI), Th Lokeshore(INC) and K Tomba(NCP).
The ruling Congress, with 29 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly, would have absolute majority if it wins the two seats.