The first phase of Manipur Election 2017 concluded yesterday. Here’s a collection of news snippets from news media.

Hindustan Times/ANI

Manipur Election 2017: Over 80% turnout as phase one ends; PRJA candidate assaulted (Firstpost)

Imphal: Over 80 percent polling was recorded in the first phase of elections to the Manipur Assembly on Saturday. Voting in the 38 constituencies, which went to polls on the day, came to a close at 3 pm, as per the Election Commission (EC) schedule. Although the preliminary reports at 3 pm put the polling figure at 80 percent, the commission officials said the final figure could be a little higher.

Manipur Election 2017: Rs 20,000 cr sanctioned for road development in state, says Nitin Gadkari in poll rally (Firstpost)

Imphal: Union Minister for Road Transports and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Saturday canvassed for the BJP candidate in Noney, a hill district of Manipur. Addressing an election rally at Longmai (Noney) Common Ground, the Union minister said that an amount of Rs 22,000 crore have been sanctioned for development of the road Infrastructures in Manipur.

Manipur election: Litmus test for BJP in Congress domain in first phase today (Hindustan Times)

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s bid to end 15 years of Congress rule in Manipur will be put to test across 38 of the 60 assembly seats where elections will be held in first of the two phases on Saturday. Much is at stake for the BJP, which is keen on expanding its footprint in the northeast after forming governments in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It is the only party to have fielded candidates in all the 60 seats, up from 19 in the 2012 polls.

Record 84 pc turnout in first phase of Manipur polls: EC (Indian Express)

In 2009, the turnout was 76 per cent, while it was 77.18 per cent in the 2012 assembly polls. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the turnout was 78.2 per cent. Manipur Saturday witnessed a record turnout of 84 per cent in the first phase of polling for the 60-seat state assembly. The Election Commission said the polling percentage could go up as figures of voter turnout were available for 72 per cent of the polling stations at 4 pm. The number of people who turned up to vote in the remaining 28 per cent polling stations will be known by tomorrow as they are in areas where communication is poor. The polling parties in these areas will be airlifted tomorrow.

Gaikhangam predicts absolute majority for Congress (Imphal Free Press)

Former MPCC president and deputy chief minister Gaikhangam has predicted a comeback in the current assembly elections wide a margin. Speaking to IFP after the first phase of Manipur elections Gaikhangam said, out of the 38 constituencies going to polls in the first phase Congress expects about 28 seats and along with the second phase, Congress is expecting about 40 seats in the 60 member Manipur assembly. Gaikhangam said, BJP win would not cross two digit although their leaders have expressed high expectations.

PRJA convenor Erendro attacked (The Sangai Express)

People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) convenor and candidate for Thang-meiband A/C, Erendro Leichonbam was attacked today by a group of people at Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai during the first phase of the 11th State Assembly election. Speaking to media persons at his residence at Hijam Dewan Leikai, Erendro said that the incident happened at around 11.30 am when he along with some of the party workers went to Thangmeiband Sinam Lei-kai during their visit to various polling stations of Thangmeiband AC. According to him, a group of people stopped his i10 car bearing number MN01 X4223 as soon as they reached Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai and began to vandalise the party’s flag adorning his car and even broke their whistles, which is the party’s symbol.

EC orders FIR against Manipur BJP office-bearers, 8 newspapers (Imphal Times)

Imphal, March 04 2017: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday ordered an FIR against office-bearers of the BJP’s Manipur unit and certain newspapers for publishing advertisements without its approval. In a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of Manipur, the EC has ordered that the FIRs under Section 188 of IPC against be lodged against BJP state unit office-bearers and the newspapers which carried the advertisements on Friday in contravention of its orders and violation of RP Act. The EC had instructed all stakeholders to not publish any advertisements on 3 and 4 March without pre-screening and subsequent approval by state-level MCMC committee. The newspapers which carried the advertisements are: Sangai Express (Manipuri and English editions), Poknapham, People’s Chronicle, Naharolgi, Thoudang, Imphal Free Press, Echel Express and Huiyen Lanpao.

Lowest voter turnout in Saitu (Imphal Free Press)

The phase one poll of the state legislative assembly election in the three assembly constituencies of Kangpokpi district ended peacefully with the lowest turnout recorded at the two polling stations of Mayangkhang in Saitu. Voters queued since six in the morning at the polling stations located within the district headquarters. The polling went on peacefully without any untoward incidents.

NOTA finds favour in Khurai Lamlong (Imphal Free Press)

While the first phase of State Assembly election was conducted peacefully with some minor poll violence here and there, there are group of people who campaign for NOTA expressing their dissatisfaction against the candidate at Khurai Lamlong.

Manipur elections 2017: ‘Iron lady’ Irom Sharmila confident of victory (The Sangai Express / The Financial Express)

Irom Sharmila who cast her vote today at the Khurai constituency said that she is confident her party will win the elections. Irom Sharmila, Manipur’s icon launched her party People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance last year in October after breaking her 16 years’ long fast. Sharmila, breaking her fast in October last year had said that she will continue her fight for the people of Manipur and she is only changing her strategy.