Imphal (Manipur) [India], Mar. 04 (ANI): A total of 21 percent voter turnout was recorded till 9 a.m. in the first phase of Assembly elections in Manipur.
The first phase of polling in Manipur is slated to cover 38 constituencies for which 1,643 polling stations have been set up. 168 candidates are contesting in this phase.
In the run-up to the polls, the political parties focussed primarily on the continuing economic blockade in their campaigns.
The fate of Irom Sharmila, who broke her 16-year fast last year and founded a party 'Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance' in order to get the AFSPA repealed, will be decided in this phase.
Polling will end at 5 p.m. (ANI)