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Campaign ends; security upped as by-poll count down begins

Correspondent, MOKOKCHUNG, MAY 5 (NPN)
Published on 6 May. 2011 1:20 AM IST
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As the spotlight finally directs and the attention of every Naga is riveted towards 26 Aonglenden A/C bye-poll before ‘the Grand battle’, security in Mokokchung has been tightened as hectic preparations are being undertaken for the smooth conduct of the election. Election campaigns for both the parties completed Thursday evening, and now all attention is now on May 7 when the fate of a seasoned politician and a new face in politics will be decided.
Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements can be seen in the town. Paramilitary forces in vehicles and on foot are a regular scene. Frisking of vehicles in the town which was quite unseen for some time is a regular scene now. The citizens also got a chance to see smartly clad mahila IRB personnel patrolling in the town for the first time in Mokokchung. It is learnt that four companies of IRB jawans are already stationed in the town. They will be assisted by the Mahila IRB and CRPF during the election day.
A senior police officer commented that security personals are adequate to control any eventuality during the polling day since there are only about a little more than 12,000 voters with 14 polling stations. But with reported presence of underground cadres involving in the election, the fear of trouble during the election among citizens was quite high.
Nonetheless, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio has reiterated on Wednesday that the government will ensure free and fair polling. However, given the history of Aonglenden constituency, which shows a history of violence during elections, the words of Rio for free and fair poll cannot be guaranteed. Civil societies like the Ao Senden (Hoho) and the Ao Students Conference have urged concerned political parties, candidates, party workers and voters not to involve in violence during the polls. It remains to be seen whether the words of the two respected organisations will be heeded on the polling day.
There were reports of a flush out operations being conducted in Mokokchung to check antisocial elements. However, no account about arrest was reported so far. Party workers have said that the situation in the constituency was tense but under control, as of now.
With barely forty eight hours to go before the polls, Mokokchung wears a calm and peaceful look with security personnel patrolling around. Most interestingly, power supply in the town seem to be normal for the last few days, much to the delight of the people. It is presumed that the load shedding has stopped because of the election process, to enable officials to carry on their works without hindrance. This might just be a by-election, but surely it is turning out to be an election of a different kind, with chief minister Neiphiu Rio declaring that this is an election between ‘government and the opposition’. Perhaps, nothing might change even after the election is over and the successful MLA elected, but surely this will be an election to be remembered – either ways. 
AKM for free and fair election
Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) Thursday held a consultative meeting with officials of four wards (Dilong, Arkong, Sangtemla and Marepkong) and Ungma Village Council chairman. The main agenda for the meeting was to ensure free and fair by-election.
Officials of AKM said earlier a resolution was passed during the 65th AKM general conference held at Ungma for peaceful conduct of elections in Ao areas. In the meeting, all the dignitaries unanimously agreed to guard their respective jurisdictions through promulgation of various orders like banning non-residents of the particular ward from being involved on the polling day. Ungma council chairman said the village remained strong in their resolution that no destructive elements/force be tolerated.
It also appealed the underground factions not to involve in the election and electorates to refrain from proxy voting.

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