Fresh poll at Ladigarh in temporary structure
Dimapur/Kohima, March 1: The Election Commission on Thursday ordered re-polls in 12 polling stations spread across eight assembly constituencies in six districts, two days after the state voted on February 27.
Surprisingly no re-poll was ordered in any polling stations under 31 Akuluto constituency under which one person was killed and two injured in clashes between supporters of ruling NPF and BJP-NDPP alliance on polling day. For the Election Commission, the polling in 31 Akuluto constituency was peaceful.
The EC also declared fresh poll at Polling Station No. 1- Ladigarh under 49- Tamlu AC at some alternative temporary structure in nearby location on March 2. Voting could not be held in Ladigarh due to the alleged intervention of the Assam police with claims that the booth falls under Disturbed Area Belt between Assam and Nagaland.
In a letter, Election Commission secretary Arvind Anand directed Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer Abhijeet Sinha to get the voting done between 7 am and 3 pm on Friday.
Without going into the reason for the re-poll, the EC letter said voting in 11 booths was declared void “on the basis of reports submitted and after taking all material circumstances into account”.
The EC directed that wide publicity be given by beat of drums in the polling areas of the 11 polling stations where re-poll will be held, and also infom political parties and contesting candidates in writing about the fresh poll being taken on March 2.
Chief Minister TR Zeliang of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) is in a straight contest with Iherie Ndang of NDPP from 7 Peren. 9-Kohima town also sees a straight cornered fight between Dr Tseilhoutuo Rhutso of NPF and Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire of NDPP.
Five candidates including a woman is vying for the 17-Chizami seat – Kevechutso Doulo (BJP), Kewepelo Tsuhah (INC), Rekha Rose Dukru (IND), Kezhienyi Khalo (NPF) and Deo Nukhu (NPP).
From 19-Phek, three candidates are in fray – Shezato Lohe ( INC), Kuzholuzo Nienu (NPF) and Kupota Khesoh (NDPP). 20-Meluri has also three candidates – Yitachu (NPF), Z Nyusietho Nyuthe (NDPP) and M Hopeson Snock (NPP).
Five candidates are in fray from 41-Tizit, namely P. Paiwang Konyak (BJP), Naowang Konyak (INC), Y. Wangto Konyak (IND), T. Hatpha Wangnao (JD-U) and Khongjah Konyak (NPF).
52-Longkhim-Chare has three candidates namely A.Imtilemba Sangtam (BJP), Muthingnyuba Sangtam (NPF) and T. Cholongse Sangtam (NPP), while five candidates are in fray for the 60-Pungro-Kiphire seat – T. Yankiu Yimchunger (BJP), T.Yangseo Sangtam (JD-U), Lithriyem Dupongle (NCP), T. Torechu (NPF) and S K James (NPP).
In Suthotsu, polling could not be held due to damage of EVM by electorates while the rest of the 10 polling stations had complaints of misuse of electoral photo identity card and voters being not allowed to exercise their franchise.
In 41-Tizit A/C, Zangtham PS No 13, a group snatched the EVMs and VVPAT machine while EVM has been retrieved VVPAT is not.
Counting of votes will be taken up on March 3 from 8 am onwards in 17 centres spread across 12 election districts for the 2156 polling stations.
(Page News Service)
Re-poll in following polling stations
No. &Name of A.C No. & Name of Polling Station
1.7-Peren 15- Village Council Hall, Samziuram ‘A’ Sector
2.9-Kohima Town 29 AG Colony Upper-I
3.17-Chizami 01 Community Hall, Middle Khomi village
4.17-Chizami 10 GPS Mesulumi village, A/Wing
5.19-Phek 09 GPS Metsalemi village
6.19-Phek 25 Panchayat Hall, Phek village B/Wing
7.20-Meluri 01 GPS, Suthotsu village
8.41-Tizit 13 GPS Building, Zangkham village
9.52-Longkhim Chare 09-GMS Tonglongsor
10.52-Longkhim Chare 3-Chare A
11.60-Pungro Kiphire 19-GHS Building, Pungro Town ‘A’
12.60-Pungro Kiphire 25-GPS Building, Khongka