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Polling begins in Nagaland

Polling begins in Nagaland

Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain told reporters in Delhi that the voter turnout in Nagaland till 4 pm. was 75 per cent. A party which unseated the Congress in the 2003 Assembly election, now keeping its doors open to the Congress and this can not get more interesting than this.

Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha has informed that a voter guide brochure containing information on date and time of poll, contact details of the BLOs, important websites, helpline numbers, documents required for identification, how to vote, EVM & VVPAT.

"Initially, some people were preventing voters from entering the polling station". The two groups indulged in firing, following which police opened fire. "As of now, we are not able to ascertain the source and cause of the injuries", Sharma said.

He said police reinforcements were rushed to the area to control the situation.

The polling process was not disturbed due to the clash, the CEO said.

One Injured in a Bomb Blast at Polling Station in Tizit Assembly constituency.

Polling was held for 59 seats of the 60-member Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

A total of 11,76,432 voters-5,97,281 men, 5,79,151 women and 5,884 service voters-are eligible to exercise their franchise in the Nagaland elections. Counting of votes will take place on March 3.

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There were no third-gender voters in the state.

In 2013, former chief minister Neiphiu Rio from Northern Angami-I A/C won the election with the highest margin of 12,271.

In Nagaland, BJP's hope hinges on its alliance partner NDPP which is contesting from 40 seats.

However, the incumbent Chief Minister T.R.Zeliang voiced confidence that the NPF will retain power in Nagaland.

The demand for a solution to the Naga issue was such a huge issue that that influential Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTCHOC) pushed for "no solution, no election", leaving the parties rattled with no nominations being filed till 48 hours before the deadline.

Sinha said the polling time in 103 polling stations spread over six districts will be from 7 a.m.to 3 p.m., while the polling time for the remaining 2,053 polling stations is 7 a.m.to 4 p.m.

Of the 2,156 polling stations, 1,062 were designated "critical", and 530 "vulnerable".


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