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Lok Sabha Poll: Nagaland records low voting at 56% with zero vote in ENPO area


KOHIMA, APRIL 19: Amidst non-participation electorate from Eastern Nagaland in today’s Lok Sabha election, the State witnessed lowest voter turnout at 56% to elect its MP for the lone seat.
The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO) called for abstention from voting and also declared indefinite total shutdown from 6 p.m., yesterday demanding while its 4,00,683 voters also decided not to come out to exercise their universal franchise.
This decreased the voting percentage from 83% in 2019 to 56% this year, is supposed to be the lowest turnout ever after statehood as the State has been recording more than 80% voting.
In the 2019 parliamentary election, Nagaland topped the poll percentage in the country as 87.82% electorates exercised their franchise.
Nagaland witnessed a triangular contest between NDPP and PDA consensus candidate Dr Chumben Murry, INC nominee and State Congress president S. Supongmeren Jamir and Independent Hayithung Tungoe Lotha.
Addressing a press conference at AWO Ki tonight, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nagaland, Vyasan R said polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland was peaceful with 56% electorates casting their votes.
The voting began at 7 a.m. and throughout the day there was uniform polling turnout and concluded peacefully in the evening, Vyasan said while addressing a press conference.
In 2014, Nagaland had the highest voter turnout in the entire country at 87.82% while in 2019 83% electorates had exercised their franchise.
He also informed that the final poll percentage will be announced only after the scrutiny of all the documents of the polling personnel tomorrow.
During the election process since March 16, he said that the enforcement agencies and security forces seized inducing substances including drugs and narcotics worth nearly Rs 5 crore in the State.
He said that over 14,400 personnel and 8,800 vehicles were engaged for peaceful polling throughout the State.
He said that a unique feature of this election was that many of polling stations were managed by women and PwDs while in Kohima the 10 Northern Angami-I Assembly Constituency with 28 polling stations was manned by all women officials.
People in the 6 districts, which have over 4 lakh votes spread over 738 polling stations, remained indoors in solidarity with the ENPO.
Vyasan said while there were no reports of votes cast in the ENPO area, there were also no reports of any untoward incident.
He also informed that there were complaints of booth capturing in some polling stations of Kohima, Mokokchung and Phek districts by different political parties but the matter was nullified after being verified by the sectoral Magistrates.
Asked if any re-poll would be necessitated, Returning Officer for Nagaland Parliamentary Election, Sushil Kumar Patel said that as of now there are no complaints demanding re-poll but the final call would be taken only after scrutiny of the documents of the polling personnel in presence of contesting parties on Saturday.
State Nodal Police Officer for Lok Sabha polls, Limasunep Jamir said barring 3 incidents of criminal cases pertaining to impersonation where 3 persons were arrested in Wokha district, the entire poll process since the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct on March 16 has been peaceful.
He said that the Electronic Voting Machines have been stored in the strong room and security forces will continue to guard till it is taken out for counting of results on June 4.
Maintaining that the pre-poll process was peaceful while polling day also concluded peacefully without any law and order situation, he expressed confidence that there would be no post-poll violence in the State.
Counting of votes and declaration will be taken up on June 4, 2024.
(Page News Service)