Riphyim re-poll cuts voting percentage by 6.6%

Riphyim re-poll cuts voting percentage by 6.6%
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Kohima, April 25: Peaceful fresh poll was held Thursday at Polling Station-31 under Riphyim Old III of 37-Tyui Assembly segment in Wokha district which recorded 77.4% voters turn out.
Today’s re-poll turnout is 6.6% lesser than the votes cast on April 11, which stood at 84%.
Interacting with a section of media at his chamber here, Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer, Abhijit Sinha said that one section of CAPF and two IR Nagaland companies were deployed to thwart any untoward incident for the re-polling which was held from 7 am to 4 pm.
There was live webcasting of the voting process while static video cameras were also installed to check any malpractice this time, he said.
One general observer and three micro observers were also engaged to oversee the polling process, he said.
Out of 602 total voters, 466 exercised their franchise, which included 227 male and 239 female voters, the CEO said.
The Election Commission on April 23 had declared the poll taken at PS-31, Riphyim Old III of 37-Tyui Assembly Segment as void and fixed today for taking a fresh poll following complaints from State Congress and other evidence that showed the Deputy Chief Minister entering the polling station with multiple voters slip to cast vote.
The Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton exercised his franchise in the first hour in today’s re-poll.
The scrutiny of polling officials’ documents will be conducted Friday at 11 am in the office of Returning Officer for Parliamentary polls in Nagaland along with the Observer at Kohima.
The Lok Sabha poll for the lone seat in Nagaland is a straight contest between the ruling PDA consensus candidate and NDPP nominee Tokheho Yepthomi and Congress candidate K L Chishi.
Counting of votes will be conducted on May 23. (Page News Service)