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Nagaland Lok Sabha Poll: Over 13 lakh electorates to cast vote on April 19

Nagaland News

ENPO imposes indefinite total shutdown; situation tense

KOHIMA, APRIL 18: A total of 13,25,383 voters will exercise their franchise tomorrow to decide the fate of three candidates in fray for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland.
Voting starts at 7 a.m. ends at 4 p.m., a State Election official said.
The candidates contesting the poll are NDPP nominee supported by the 60 MLAs Dr Chumben Murry, INC candidate and State Congress president S Supongmeren Jamir and Independent aspirant Hayithung Tungoe Lotha.
The total electorate includes 19,999 first time voters, 22,140 senior citizens above 85 years and 6,707 people with disabilities.
Female voters have surpassed male electorates in the State with 6,64,460 female and 6,60,923 male voters.
Sources in the Chief Electoral Officer’s office said all poll parties have reached the 2,342 polling stations in the 16 election districts, including Pughoboto ADC Headquarter.
Of the total, 588 polling stations have been marked as critical and vulnerable, sources said.
There are 506 all women polling stations while 4 booths will be managed by persons with disabilities.
Sources informed that 1097 polling stations will be under webcasting and 82 will be under offline videography.
Altogether 48 companies Central Armed Police Force, 50 companies of the Nagaland Armed Police Indian Reserve Battalions, Special Task Force and another 600 Home Guards personnel and Village Guards are being deployed to thwart any untoward incidents.
While Election office sources confirmed that polling parties have been deputed for the 738 polling stations in the 6 districts of Eastern Nagaland despite the declaration of abstention from voting by Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO), the situation is tensed in the region with Eastern Nagaland Public Emergency with the authority of ENPO declaring ‘indefinite total shutdown’ in the area from 6 p.m. tonight.
During the day, the Eastern Nagaland Public Emergency declared “indefinite total shutdown all over Eastern Nagaland jurisdiction with effect from 6 pm. Thursday”.
It has however exempted Government servants on election duty with valid ID proof, district administration, army, paramilitary and State police, medical emergencies, Fire & Emergency Services, Public Health Engineer, postal services.
ENPO, tribal bodies, ENWO, ENSF, EN Public Emergency volunteers have also been exempted from the purview of the bandh, it said.
Meanwhile, legislators and State Government employees of the Eastern Nagaland area, without wanting to be identified, said tension has gripped the area in the aftermath of the announcement of the total shutdown.
“We want to exercise the franchise but with the strict dictate of the ENPO they feared that the worst incident would occur which would be shameful to the State GFovernment if anybody goes to cast the vote”, said an official.
Eastern Nagaland districts have 4,00,632 voters.
(Page News Service)