Less than half an hour after voting commenced in Manipur, Governor La Ganesan and Chief Minister N Biren Singh exercised their franchise in their respective constituencies.

The governor, after casting his vote at a polling booth in TG Higher Secondary School in Sagolband assembly constituency in Imphal West district, appealed to all eligible voters in Manipur to exercise their franchise.

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“There is democracy in our country and the sign of democracy is election. The poll officers have made good arrangements,” he said.

Ganesan has been enrolled as a voter in Sagolband seat. He was handed over the EPIC card by the CEO earlier this month. He was earlier enrolled as a voter in Thiyagaraya Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai.

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The chief minister and his wife cast their votes in a model polling station in Heingang constituency in Imphal East district.

“I request all voters to exercise their franchise, and maintain peace,” he said.

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Polling in 38 constituencies in the 60-member assembly began at 7 am amid tight security and strict adherence to COVID-19 norms.