Over 11.76 lakh voters to exercise franchise today in Nagaland

Over 11.76 lakh voters to exercise franchise today in Nagaland
Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland, Abhijit Sinha, IAS address press conference on February 26 at Kohima
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Kohima, February 26: Over 11.76 lakh voters will exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 195 candidates contesting the 13th Nagaland Assembly elections to be held from 7 a.m. tomorrow.
The total electorates are 11,76,432 comprising of 5,97,281 male and 5,79,151 female, including 5884 service voters.
There are no third-gender voters in the state while the first time voters between the age group 18-19 years are 26,900, said Assistant Chief Electoral Officer, Awa Lorin while addressing media-persons here this tonight.
There are 195 candidates for the 59 seats as one seat under Kohima district – 11-Northern Angami-II Assembly Constituency has been declared elected unopposed by three times Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
Out of the 2156 polling stations, 1062 are critical, 530 vulnerable and 564 normal polling stations, he said.
On the security arrangements, altogether 281 companies of Central Armed Police Force, beside the state police force, are deployed for the peaceful conduct of the polls, said the Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha.
Around 17,523 government employees are detailed for actual polling duty, he said.
The 55 election observers include 22 each General and Expenditure observers and 11 Police observer are deployed throughout the State while there are also be 442 mirco observers.
Voting in 2053 polling stations spread over 12 election districts will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. In 103 polling stations spread over 6 districts of Kiphire – 9, Mon- 41, Phek – 12, Tuensang – 8, Wokha – 30 and Zunheboto – 3 voting will end at 3 p.m. for the convenience of the polling parties to return to the Returning Officers office.
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine will be used for voting, he said.
Altogether 178 polling stations across 26 constituencies would be manned by women polling personnel while there is one polling station in Wokha district, which would be managed by Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), he said.
During the campaigning period, Sinha said with a view to ensure free and fair polls, the efforts of state police for deposition of private licensed arms has resulted in collection of 5443 arms while a lot of prevention action has also been taken against 2700 persons.
Sector in-charges and striking force have been pre-positioned in strategic areas covering 280 sectors, the CEO informed adding that all the polling stations will be under CCTV surveillance while CAPF personnel guarding all the polling booths.
The CEO also said that there has been one death and 23 persons injured in poll related violence so far.
“A major law and order issue arises from the practice of village councils issuing diktats to vote for a particular candidate thus vitiating the atmosphere, he said, adding FIRs have been registered on this account in certain villages.
He said that prohibitory orders under 144 CrPC have been imposed in entire Mokokchung districts, parts of Wokha district, Tseminyu sub-division under Kohima district, Phek Town and surrounding areas and also Dhansaripar sub-division of Dimapur district.
Altogether 41 FIRs have been filed and 81 persons arrested so far, he said, adding that 46 non-bailable warrants against accused persons have been executed after announcement of election.
Over Rs 1.4 crore has been seized along with 41,000 litres of liquor, he said.
The CEO said that all the polling parties have reached the stations and tomorrow morning before the start of the polling they would be conducting mock poll in presence of the polling agents.
Meanwhile, the CEO has also appealed to the electorates to come forward and exercise their franchise without any fear and in a clean, ethical and informed manner.
The Additional CEO N Moa Aier clarified that there is no restrictions on the movement of vehicles for the general public and electorates. Nonetheless, he informed that political parties and contesting candidates should not engage vehicles ferry voters to and fro the polling stations. (Page News Service)