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Assembly elections highlights: 86% overall turnout in Manipur, all eyes on Varanasi in UP

assembly elections Updated: Mar 08, 2017 20:32 IST
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Rights activist and Manipur assembly election candidate Irom Sharmila at a polling booth in her Thoubal constituency in Manipur on Wednesday.(Sobhapati Samom/ HTPhoto)

Forty assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh and 22 in Manipur are voting on Wednesday in the last and final phase of the five-state assembly elections.

In the politically crucial UP, all eyes are on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi. Around 1.40 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 535 candidates in seven districts of eastern UP in the seventh phase.

In the northeastern state of Manipur, the fate of bigwigs such as chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, deputy CM Gaikhangam and human rights activist-turned-politician Irom Chanu Sharmila will be decided.

The results for the five states --- UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur --- will be announced on Saturday (March 11).

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Watch this space for all the live updates:

6.00pm: Voter turnout of 60.03% recorded in 7th phase of polling in UP elections till 5pm, PTI quotes state’s chief electoral officer T Venkatesh.

In Manipur, turnout of 86% recorded in second and final phase of polling in Manipur, till 5pm.

3.30pm: 51.69% voting till 3 pm in the seventh and last phase of UP elections.

2.25pm: Voter turnout of 78% recorded till 2pm in the second and last phase of Manipur election.

1.50pm: Overall polling till 11pm in the seventh and last phase of Uttar Pradesh election is 37.68%.

01.30pm: At 41/32 Khambathel booth in Chandel constituency of Manipur, an EVM has been destroyed by miscreants. Villagers demand re-poll in the booth.

Irom Sharmila blows whistel, her election symbol, outside a polling booth in Manipur on Wednesday. (Sobhapati Samom /HT Photo)

1.15pm: In Manipur, 68% voting has been recorded by 1pm.

12.20pm: In Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur, farmers have boycotted voting at the polling booth number 283 of Chunar assembly segment alleging lack of irrigation facilities and development in their area.

A letter written by the farmers citing the reasons that forced them to boycott voting. (ANI)

12.10pm: RSS’s Indresh Kumar casts his vote at polling booth number 49 of Varanasi Cantt.

11.35am: In Uttar Pradesh, 22.84% voter turnout has been recorded till 11am.

District-wise turnout till 9pm in the final phase of election in Uttar Pradesh.

Varanasi: 23.76%

Bhadohi: 23.52%

Chandauli: 21.50%

Ghazipur: 19.71%

Jaunpur: 22.23%

Mirzapur: 26.43%

Sonbhadra: 24%

11.25am: 45% voter turnout has been recorded till 11am in the second and last phase of assembly election in Manipur.

10.30am: BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi casts his vote at booth number 76 of Varanasi North constituency.

BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi after casting his vote in Varanasi North constituency. (ANI )

10.10am: A 65-year old woman dies before casting her vote at the polling booth number 357 of Mughalsarai assembly constituency, reports ANI.

10am: 21% voter turnout recorded till 9am in the final phase of Manipur elections.

9.35am: Union minister and Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel casts her vote at polling booth number 335 of Mirzapur. “We will win all 40 seats,” she says.

Union minister Anupriya Patel after casting her vote in Mirzapur. (ANI )

9am: 11.97% voting recorded in Varanasi and 10.43% polling recorded in the last phase of Uttar Pradesh election till 9am.

District-wise turnout till 9pm in the final phase of election in Uttar Pradesh.

Varanasi: 10.70%

Bhadohi: 11.67%

Chandauli: 8.25%

Ghazipur: 10.14%

Jaunpur: 11.30%

Mirzapur: 10.89%

Sonbhadra: 9.13%

8.55am: Congress leader Ajai Rai casts his vote at polling booth number 389 of Varanasi South constituency, says “the 7th phase is going to vote against ‘Jumlebaazi’”.

Congress leader Ajai Rai after casting his vote in Varanasi South constituency. (ANI)

8:30am: 12% polling recorded from 22 assembly seats in Manipur by 8am.

7.55am: Voters line up at Sanatan Dharma inter College, DashashwamedhGhat for voting in Uttar Pradesh election.

Voters queue up at a polling booth at Sanatan Dharma inter College in DashashwamedhGhat. (HT Photo)

7.40am: Voting has not begun at polling booth number 240 in Mirzapur due to a technical glitch in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM).

7.15am: Voters queue up at polling booths 176,177,178 in Mirzapur to cast their franchise in the last phase of Uttar Pradesh elections.

Voters queue up in front of a polling booth in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. (ANI)

7.10am: Sure of our win, we are confident: Okram Surjakumar Singh, son of Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh contesting from Khangabok constituency.

7.05am: Will get a clear mandate, this election is something like a referendum, both hill and the valley: Manipur CM Okram Singh after casting vote.

Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh after casting his vote at his native village in Khangabok constituency. (Sobhapati Samom/ HT Photo)

7.01am:Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh casts his vote. Singh casts vote at polling booth 35/41 at Athokpam Makha Leikai PO in Thoubal, PRJA’s Irom Sharmila also contesting from this seat.

(With agency inputs)