Dimapur district witness moderate turnout

Dimapur district witness moderate turnout
A view of polling booth at Thilixu village under 4 Ghaspani-I A/C on Thursday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/11/2019 12:47:37 PM IST

Voters in Nagaland cast their votes to elect the state’s lone Lok Sabha member on Thursday, while the electorate of 26 Aonglenden assembly constituency in Mokokchung district voted in the by poll to chose their MLA. The results will be known on May 23, the day of counting.

 The voting for the Lok Sabha began with relatively moderate turn out in most districts till noon but which picked up by evening to record high voting percentage. 

Dimapur which has the highest number of voters in the state of 208216 witnessed poor to moderate turnout in most polling stations. 

The meteoric rise in voting towards the last hours was explained as due to proxy voting which invariably pushes up the voting percentage.

 In most of the polling booths which the Reporters visited, there were at the most around 100 voters in queue. In other booths, most of the voters were non-Nagas.

One polling station under the largest constituency of the state (4-Ghaspani-I) had hardly a few dozen voters till around 12.40 p.m. 

Asked about the poor turnout an official explained that most of the voters arrived “early morning” and left after casting their votes. He claimed that 89% of the votes had been cast by then.

Talking to Nagaland Post, one youth said the low turnout was due to voters’ indifference to Lok Sabha election. 

However, an elderly man said the low turnout was due to proxy voting after and understanding with polling officials. He said the head of the household or a member of the family cast the votes on behalf of the entire family 

According to officials, the visibly poor turn out was explained as the manner in which voters going in early to vote in small numbers. The officials claimed that the electorate have been casting their votes smoothly and peacefully.

The Lok Sabha Election in 2 Dimapur-II constituency passed off without any incident with most booths having hardly a dozen or so voters in queue. The pace, however, picked up by around 10:30 to 11 am. 

When Nagaland Post visited various booths under 2 Dimapur II constituency, it was observed the average voter turn-out at most of the booths was low.

There was adequate security in the district comprising police and paramilitary forces.

In an informal talk with Nagaland Post, an elderly couple said they had expected high turn out of young people after the furious debate and uproar on social media over “issues raised” in the days leading up to the polls but were disappointed

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