Over 80 percent polling in Manipur bypolls

Imphal, Nov 21 (IANS) Over 80 percent of the electorate on Saturday voted in the bypolls to Manipur assembly from two constituencies – Thongju and Thangmeiband, an election official said.

The bypolls were necessitated after the assembly speaker disqualified three MLAs – Thongam Biswajit Singh (Thongju), Khumukcham Joykishan (Thangmeiband) and O. Lukhoi (Wangoi) – under the anti-defection law on May 28.

The Manipur High Court, however, stayed Lukhoi’s disqualification.

The Chief Electoral Officer’s office said there were some problems with a EVM in one polling station and a repoll would be held there.

There were three candidates in the fray for the bypoll from Thangmeiband constituency while four candidates contested from Thongju constituency.

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