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Voting begins in UP, Manipur

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Varanasi: Polling personnel check Electronic Voting Machines ahead of the 6th phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in Varanasi on March 1, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
Polling personnel check Electronic Voting Machines ahead of the 6th phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in Varanasi (Photo: IANS)

Polling began for the first phase in 38 Manipur constituencies for the 11th state legislative assembly on Saturday morning amid tight security….reports Asian Lite News

Varanasi: Polling personnel check Electronic Voting Machines ahead of the 6th phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in Varanasi on March 1, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
Polling personnel check Electronic Voting Machines ahead of the 6th phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in Varanasi (Photo: IANS)

The constituencies are spread across Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Kangpokpi and Phezerol districts.

There are 168 candidates in the fray for the first phase, which includes six women.

There are 5,44,050 male and 5,75,220 female voters for the first phase polling. Besides 5169 male and 1915 female service voters are expected to cast votes.

There are 1,643 polling stations.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded candidates to all the 38 constituencies while the ruling Congress has fielded one less.

The election is seen as a major test for the Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress government in the state which has been in power for the last 15 years.

Polling for 49 seats in the sixth and penultimate phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections began at 7 a.m on Saturday.

The over 1.72 crore electorate will decide the fate of 635 candidates across seven districts in eastern UP.

Prominent candidates in the fray include Bharatiya Janata Party’s Swami Prasad Maurya (Padrauna) and former state unit chief Surya Pratap Shahi (Pathardeva), and jailed don Mukhtar Ansari, contesting from Mau on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket.

Maximum number of candidates are in Gorakhpur city where 127 candidates in fray for its nine seats, while the minimum number of candidates – seven – are in Mohammadabad Gohna seat in Mau.

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