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State CEO confident of free, fair & peaceful bye-election

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Dimapur, October 31: Nagaland is all set for the conduct of the by-polls in 60 Pungro-Kiphire and 14 Southern Angami-1 Assembly constituencies on November 3.
State election officials in Kohima expressed confidence that the bye-elections will be free, fair and peaceful, reported the NEPS.
All the security apparatus and polling officials have been arranged for the smooth conduct of the by-polls in the two assembly constituencies in the state, the news portal quoted CEO Nagaland Abhijit Sinha as having said.
“The polling starts from 6 am and ends at 4 pm,” the CEO said. He explained that a one hour extra has been given to polling officials to regulate COVID-19 protocols for the voters.
Sinha said the State election office has arranged masks, hand sanitizers, and disposable gloves for all voters. Besides, there will be an official at every polling station for thermal scanning of voters. “If any voter having abnormal temperature or other symptomatic signs is detected, they will be asked to cast their votes last,” he said.
“All voters should use hand sanitizers, wear masks and hand gloves inside the polling stations and maintain social distancing as per the Covid-19 protocols,” he said while informing that all the polling officials will strictly observe all COVID-19 protocols.
On sensitive polling stations, the CEO said there are some vulnerable and critical polling stations in both the constituencies. “We have enough forces including CRPF, IR and the DCs and SPs of the districts are keeping vigil on all these vulnerable and critical polling stations,” he said.
With regard to the show-cause notices served to the chairmen of three village councils in Kiphire – Penkim village council, Tsurevong village council and Lopfukong village council – for asking voters to vote for a particular candidate, the CEO said his office is yet to get a response from them.
(Page News Service)

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