Kohima, March 19: Nagaland is gearing up to conduct a free and fair bye-poll to the 51-Noksen Assembly Constituency, which is scheduled on April 17.
In view of the announcement of bye-election for filling up casual vacancy in the Nagaland Assembly for 51-Noksen seat under Tuensang district, the Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland on Friday held closed door meetings with political parties, officials of Tuensang district and media persons in the State capital on the Model Code of Conduct, paid news, media certification and monitoring committee.
Speaking during the media briefing, Nagaland CEO Abhijit Sinha said that nomination will commence from March 23 while the last date of submitting the documents is March 30.
Sinha said the constituency has a total of 11,819 electors with 11,788 general voters (6,163 male and 5,625 female) and 31 service electors.
There are 23 polling stations with Yangpi Polling Station-2 having highest electors at 953 and Yukumsang Compound Polling Station-19 lowest electorate at 113.
He said that altogether 138 polling personnel, comprising 69 polling officers and 23 each presiding officers, additional polling officers and grade IV would be requisitioned on the polling station while 69 others would be kept on reserve.
Highlighting on the MCMC related matters, Additional CEO N Moa Aier informed that no MCMC certification is required for publication of in print media by political party and candidate till the last two days. However, there is a need to take certification to publicize any advertisements on the day of the polling and the previous day.
On the other hand, he informed that advertisement in any form in electronic media should be MCMC certified till the last second day of the polling while on the last two days no advertisements can be broadcast/telecast through the electronic media.
It may be recalled that the 51-Noksen seat in the State had been vacant following the demise of the sitting Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Justice & Law, C M Chang on October 12, 2020 while undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima.
Chang is the only legislator in Nagaland to have succumbed to the infection so far. (Page News Service)