Commissioner Nagaland to be RO for LS polls

Commissioner Nagaland to be RO for LS polls
CEO Nagaland, Abhijit Sinha briefing the media persons on 27th April 2018
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Kohima, Apr 27: For the smooth electioneering process and also strict enforcement of the model code of conduct for the May 28 Lok Sabha bye-polls in the State, Commissioner Nagaland has been assigned as the Returning Officer (RO) to be assisted by 13 Assistant ROs.
Revealing this during a media briefing here today, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Nagaland, Abhijit Sinha said the RO will be assisted by the Deputy Commissioners of the 11 districts and ADC Pughoboto as Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) along with one ARO stationed in the Commissioner’s office.
The Election Commission of India had announced the schedule for the bye-election yesterday. The bye-poll for the lone Lok Sabha seat from Nagaland was necessitated following the resignation of then MP Neiphiu Rio on February 17 last to contest the February 27 State Assembly elections.
He was elected unopposed from 11-Northern Angami-II A/C on NDPP ticket and is currently the Chief Minister of the State for the fourth time.
The CEO said that candidates can file nomination in the Commissioner’s office from 11 a.m. on May 3 till 3 p.m. on May 10.
Sinha said Electronic Voting Machines along with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail will be used in the 2196 polling stations.
He said that with 1st of January this year as the qualifying date, the State has a total of 11,97,438 electors comprising of 6,07,589 male and 5,89,849 females voters.
The CEO also informed that on the poll day, voter’s identification will be mandatory and the main document for identification will be the EPIC of the voters.
However, he said to ensure that no voter is deprived of their franchise, separate instructions would be issued shortly by ECI to allow additional documents for identification of voters, if their names figure in the Electoral Rolls.
Maintaining that the training for the polling personnel will start from next week, the CEO said that with the Model code of conduct coming into force no government advertisement and policies will be publicized and that transfer and posting of government employees also cannot be done without the recommendation of the ECI.
Additional CEO, N Moa Aier informed that webcam or camera will be installed in all the polling stations while the Commission will continue to propagate clean election. (Page News Service)