Amidst tight security, voting in 1,300 polling stations of the Inner Manipur seat was by and large peaceful. Official sources said brisk voting was recorded in the Inner seat where sporadic violence and EVM glitches at some polling stations were also reported. The voting, which began at 7 am, ended at 4 pm. Violence marred voting at polling station 6/10 at Kiyamgei in Imphal East where the EVM was damaged during a scuffle, a report said. Security personnel on duty fired several rounds in the air to control an angry crowd outside the polling station, who were alleging proxy voting. But no casualties were reported. A total of 9, 28,626 voters (4,47,843 males, 4,80,751 females and 32 third genders) were eligible to cast their votes in the polls to decide the fate of 11 candidates.
Heavyweights like Dr RK Ranjan of BJP, Dr M Nara of CPI and RK Anand of NEIDP are in the fray. This time, the Congress has fielded former Chief Secretary of Manipur, O Nabakishore, a new face, as its nominee. The other candidates are G Tonsana of Manipur Democratic People’s Front, S Nandeshore of Rashtriya Janhit Sangarsh Party, O Jugindro of Manipur People’s Party, and RK Somorendro, M Tomtomsana, W Pobitro Singh and Md Iliyash Khan, all Independents.