Campaigning in Nagaland ends today

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/8/2019 12:19:12 PM IST

With just 48 hours left for general election to the 17th Lok Sabha, 2019 from1-Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency and by-election to Nagaland Legislative Assembly from 26-Aonglenden assembly constituency on April 11, 2019, the office of the chief electoral officer (CEO) Nagaland has set the stage to ensure that the electioneering process goes successfully.

Addressing media persons at Hotel Japfu here Monday evening, CEO Abhijit Sinha informed that starting April 9, 4 p.m. campaigning has to be stopped and no campaign material should be shown on electronic media. For advertisements in print media, he said it can only be published after being pre-certified. He said till April 9, pre-certification was not required but on April 10 and 11, pre-certification was a must.

Sinha also said that starting April 11 till the last phase polling on May 19 at 6.30 pm, exit polls cannot be published by media houses. CEO said the poll starts from 7 a.m. till 4 p.m. on April 11, and majority of the polling parties would be leaving for their polling stations on April 10. He, however, added that polling personnel for 325 polling stations (P-2) will leave on April 9 because the polling stations were far from the district Hqs. He said there were 12 dispatch centres in 12 districts where polling officials would collect the polling materials and leave for their respective polling stations.

He said there was shortage of vehicles since different vehicles were required as per the locations. However, CEO said that because of surplus vehicles from Kohima and Dimapur, they were dispatched accordingly. Sinha said 5335 vehicles were used for the entire polls while 728 vehicles were requisitioned from Guwahati.

On security personnel, he said state has received good number of companies from outside. He said that Central forces will cover all the vulnerable stations and the rest will be covered by IR, NAP and DEFs.

In some districts, CEO said district executive force would be supplemented by home guards and village guards.

Further, he informed that facilities in the polling stations were taken care of.

 He said 90% polling stations have power supply while toilets and drinking facilities were also kept in place.

For person with disabilities, he said ramps were constructed about 70% and wherever full construction was not made, temporary ramp was arranged.

CEO also informed that out of 2227 polling stations, 172 polling stations were identified as vulnerable  during the two/three months and 858 persons were identified making the locations vulnerable and bounded under preventive sections.

On seizures of cash and liquor, he said the current status was more than the previous Lok Sabha by-election where about Rs. 92 lakh was seized and more than 62,000 litre of liquor was seized.

He said there were more seizures of narcotics and other items, adding that if monetary value was included, it has crossed Rs. 3 crore.

For Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), CEO said for the first time it has introduced brail tummy ballot sheets in every polling station that contains the candidate details so that any physically challenged person can identify whom he or she wished to cast the vote without any help.

CEO said about 6002 PWD voters in electoral rolls were identified out of which 1048 were visually impaired, 1367 loco motor, 2248 speech and hearing, others 1258.

Returning Officer and Commissioner Nagaland M. Patton said four show cause notices were served on all the four candidates.

He added that 850 VGs from Mon district, 300 VGs from Longleng and 200 VGs from Meluri would be used to substantiate the security personnel.

For Aonglenden by-poll, CEO said separate focus was made and more companies were deployed packed by CAPF while in international border, security was well arranged. 

The officials further informed that election office has placed one helicopter and two ambulances on stand-by where doctors and para-medics were placed for any emergency.

To queries, CEO said expenditure involved in the election process was around Rs. 50-60 CRs for the entire state.

Nagaland, Mnp, M’laya to have 9-hr voting
IANS Adds:: Three North Eastern states-- Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya will have 9-hour voting due to early sunrise, sunset and a few other reasons. In the other five states of the region, it will be the normal 10-hour polling. According to an Election Commission (EC) notification, the voting will start at 7 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. in the three states. In Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura polling will be conducted between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha said early sunrise and sunset were the main reasons for the nine-hour voting. “The 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. polling hours are being followed for many years,” Sinha told IANS over phone. Other reasons, according to Sinha are remoteness of polling stations and mountainous treks.

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