Model Code of Conduct comes into force
Kohima, March 10: Elections to the lone Lok Sabha seat and bye-election to 26 Aonglenden Assembly Constituency will be held on April 11 next.
Informing this during a press conference held at Hotel Japfu here tonight, Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha said that the formal announcement was made by the Election Commission of India in New Delhi.
He said that both the polls will be held simultaneously in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls.
He said filing of nomination will begin on March 18 while last date is March 25. Scrutiny will be done March 26, Last date of withdrawal is March 28 while poll will be conducted on April 11 and counting of votes will be taken up along with the rest of the country on May 25.
He said that consequent on the announcement of schedule for the polls, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into operation with immediate effect and will remain in force till the completion of elections.
MCC will be applicable to all political parties and to state government administrations, he said.
Meanwhile, Sinha said that for Lok Sabha polls, Nagaland has a total of 12,09,613, including 12,02,307 general electors and 7,306 service voters.
Among the general electors 6,06173 are male and 5,96134 are female while the service voters comprise of 7236 male and 70 female votes.
The State has a total of 2227 polling stations spread over 2067 polling locations.
He said that Commissioner Nagaland will be the returning officer with Deputy Commissioners of all the 11 districts and ADC of Pughoboto election district as Assistant Returning Officers for the LS poll.
The 26 Aonglenden A/C, which remained vacant with the passing away of sitting NDPP MLA Imtikumzum on September 23 last, has a total of 12,269 voters comprising of 12,223 general and 46 service voters.
Among the general voters, 6052 are male and 6171 are female while all service voters are male, he said, adding that the constituency has 16 polling stations in 15 locations.
He informed that SDO (C) Headquarters Mokokchung will be the assistant returning officer for the bye-poll.
Meanwhile, while informing that full-proof security has already been planned for the peaceful conduct of the polls, Sinha said that Central Armed Police Force along with IR and NAP personnel would be deployed.
Additional CEO N Moa Aier, who was also present, said that political parties and candidates will do their best to outdo each other but media and election department has to play a proactive role in disseminating varied information and also create better awareness among the people.
He also requested media houses to avoid publishing hate speeches and statements which may lead to communal tensions.
Meanwhile, the CEO Nagaland has convened a meeting with all political parties on March 11 at 1 pm at Taipi Hall, Hotel Japfu, Kohima. He requested all political parties to depute at least two representatives to attend the meeting positively. (Page News Service)