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Peaceful polling marred by massive proxy voting across State

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Dimapur, April 11: The Lok Sabha polls in Nagaland and the by-election to the 26-Aonglenden assembly constituency passed off peacefully across the State, but the election was marred by repots of massive proxy voting from different parts of the State.
Despite low turnout, the State recorded a voter turnout of 78.67% (approx) which is likely to increase after the scrutiny of documents of presiding officials on Friday. The large turnout in the LS poll has been attributed to proxy voting.
In Dimapur, enthusiasm among voters was missing compared to what was seen during the assembly elections two years back. Polling stations bore deserted look in the afternoon with few people loitering around and trying to cast as many as votes as they could. This against is the reason why despite the visible low turnout, Dimapur District recorded 74.59% (approx) turnout.
While large scale proxy voting was reported in most of the polling stations in Dimapur, polling officials denied the same.
Despite claims of polling officials that no proxy voting was taking place, some people lingered around the polling stations for hours after casting their votes, which gave rise to suspicion that something was wrong.
Interestingly, in some polling stations, the concerned officials did not demand for any documents for identity as laid down by the Election Commission of India and the voters were simply allowed to cast their votes on production of voter’s slips.
As the voting began at 7 a.m. in the morning after the mock drills, most of the polling stations in and around Dimapur witnessed low turn-out. However, in some polling stations, number of voters increased around noon.
Dimapur witnessed peaceful voting with no untoward incidents reported from anywhere.
“It was peaceful and it will remain so,” said a voter.
The three polling stations in Dimapur’s New Market bore empty looks. Polling officials, police personnel and volunteers of both the parties were the only visible people amidst few voters.
“One or two voters come after long breaks. There are no queues here in the three polling stations,” said a police officer on duty.
On inquiring about any law and order problems here, he replied, “peaceful and fully peaceful here. Voters here are casting their vote and rushing home.”
But there were reports of multiple voting by supporters of political parties despite the Election Commission installing CCTV and Web casting in some polling stations, and deploying election observers.
Meanwhile, at Longwa village which is divided between India and Myanmar from the heart of village chief’s house (Anga), there was no report of intruders from Myanmar to cast vote.
(Page News Service)

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