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Ballot boxes to be used instead of EVMs in upcoming ULB elections: KMC Administrator

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, MAY 15: The Administrator and Returning Officer of Kohima Municipal Council (KMC), T Lanusenla Longkumer has said that the upcoming Urban Local Body (ULB) elections will see use of ballot boxes instead of EVMs.
According to a DIPR bulletin, the officer shared this information during the monthly Kohima District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) meeting on Wednesday. It also stated that she “anticipated potentially intensive situations in some areas” during the ULB polls.
Longkumer apprised the Board of the preparations for ULB elections and said it will involve 107 polling stations across 19 wards and over 50,000 voters.
“Longkumer noted that the State Election Commission would provide further directives and emphasised the importance of training and awareness on ballot box voting”, it added.
Deputy Commissioner and DPDB Vice Chairman, Kumar Ramnikant expressed gratitude to all members for their cooperation during the Lok Sabha elections and urged continued support during the counting day as well as upcoming ULBs elections.
He reminded attendees that the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) remains in effect until the completion of ULB elections, emphasising efforts to ensure peaceful, impartial, free and fair elections.
During the meeting, HSLC Topper Khushi Gupta was felicitated for achieving the highest marks among Government High Schools in both Kohima District and the State. She received a cash prize and a certificate. Khushi thanked her teachers, family, and particularly her mother for their guidance and motivation.
Village Adoption Committees (VACs) were recognised for their performance, with 10 Northern Angami-I awarded the best performing VAC and 11 Northern Angami-II securing second place out of 6 VACs in Kohima.
ADC Kohima, Rhosietho Nguori, suggested increasing the VAC budget and prize money, along with adopting innovative approaches to develop wards and villages.
EAC Kohima, Dr. Riku Khutso, Convenor of the winning VAC, credited cooperation and respect among members for their success, highlighting the support from Advisor Kekhrie Yhome, members and P Khel Kohima village.
Also, the Executive Engineer of PHE, Rural Division, delivered a PowerPoint presentation on departmental activities, focusing on criteria for the Jal Jeevan Mission program, Geo-tagging of assets and works, Functional Household Tap connections, and the declaration of Har Ghar Jal in Kohima.
(Page News Service)