BJP Wins Wangoi, Singhat and Wangjing Tentha; Leads in Saitu

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The BJP has won the Wangoi, Singhat and Wangjing Tentha seats and is leading in Saitu assembly bypoll seat as vote-counting continued in Manipur on Tuesday. The Election Commission is counting the votes for the Manipur bypolls alongside that of Bihar assembly elections, amid the hectic task of maintaining strict Covid-19 guidelines.

The bypolls to five Assembly constituencies in Manipur, where a total of 11 candidates battled it out on Saturday, were concluded peacefully with a high voter turnout of 92.54 per cent.

The bypolls in Manipur were prompted after five Congress MLAs resigned from the Assembly and joined the ruling BJP. The five assembly constituencies that went to the bypolls in Manipur are Wangoi, Lilong, Wangjing Tentha and Saitu.

The officials of the Election Commission kicked off the vote-counting process at 8am on Tuesday.

Here are LIVE updates of the Manipur By-elections:

— The BJP has won 3 seats and is currently leading in 1, while an independent candidate has won one seat.

— Ngamthang Haokip of Bharatiya Janata Party is leading Congress’s Lamtinthang Haokip by 10866 votes in Saitu constituency.

— Paonam Brojen Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party won the Wangjing Tentha constituency by a margin of 1560, as Congress’ Moirangthem Hemanta Singh getting a 46.5 per cent vote share.

— Party-wise vote share

— The BJP has won two seats and is currently leading in two others

— The BJP leading in four seats and an independent candidate in one.

BJP on Top in All 4 Seats | The BJP is leading in all the five assembly constituencies Wangoi, Lilong, Wangjing-Tentha, Saitu and Singhat.

— Visuals from the deputy commissioner office of Imphal, Manipur:

— Bypoll Results Updates:

— The ruling BJP has contested in three seats and supported an independent candidate in Lilong, while the Congress has fielded its nominees in all the four constituencies. In Wangoi seat, the National People’s Party (NPP), a partner of the BJP-led ruling coalition in the state, has fielded its candidate against the Congress and the saffron party.

— Manipur By-election Counting Result Updates:

— Counting of by-elections in Wangoi in Lamphelpat, deputy commissioner office of Imphal West district of K, continues.

Trivia on Wangoi Seat | There are three candidates contesting in the 2020 by-polls in Wangoi, a General constituency. Full list of candidates contesting from Wangoi constituency: Oinam Lukhoi Singh (Bharatiya Janata Party), Salam Joy Singh (Indian National Congress), Khuraijam Loken Singh (National People’s Party)

— Over 1.35 Lakh Eligible Voters | An Election Commission on Saturday had said that across 203 polling stations, there were more than 1.35 lakh voters eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-elections to Lilong and Wangjing-Tentha seats in Thoubal district, Saitu in Kangpokpi and Wangoi in Imphal West.

— Manipur Election Counting | Prior to the counting day, BJP leader Mayanglabam Rameshwar Singh, who was declared elected from Kakching assembly constituency by the Manipur High Court last week, was on Monday sworn in as an MLA.

Counting of Votes Begins | The Election Commission kicks off the process of counting of votes, facing the daunting task of restraining supporters of political parties from crowding the counting centres amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Covid-19 Precautions in Place | All safety measures were in place and polling personnel were provided with PPE kits, an official of the Election Commission said.

3 BJP Candidates in Fray | The ruling BJP is contesting in three seats and supporting an independent candidate in Lilong seat, while the opposition Congress is in the fray in all four constituencies.

Vote-Counting to Begin Shortly | The results of four seats of Manipur Assembly bypolls are set to be announced today as the Election Commission begins the counting of votes.

4 Seats Saw Manipur Bypolls | The four assembly constituencies that went to the bypolls in Manipur are Wangoi, Lilong, Wangjing Tentha, Saitu.

Total Voter Turnout | The bypolls to four Assembly constituencies in Manipur conducted on Saturday concluded peacefully with a high voter turnout of 92.54 per cent.

What Prompted the Bypolls | The bypolls in Manipur were necessitated after four Congress MLAs resigned from the Assembly and joined the ruling BJP.

Seat-wise Voter Turnout | Wangoi Assembly segment recorded the highest voter turnout with 93.26 per cent, followed by Lilong (93.3 per cent), Wangjing Tentha (92.3 per cent) and Saitu (91.59 per cent), Singh said. The voting in two polling stations at Wangoi went on till 7.20 pm as a large number of voters were still in the queue.

A Battle Between NPP and the NJP | The Wangoi seat will witness an interesting battle as the National People’s Party (NPP), a coalition partner of the BJP-led government in the state, fielded its candidate against the nominees of the Congress and the saffron camp.

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