Election campaign gathers momentum

Election campaign gathers momentum
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 31 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/31/2019 12:12:49 PM IST

With just ten days   remaining before the April 11 polls, the fight for the lone Lok Sabha seat is all set to witness a quadrangular contest between NDPP/PDA consensus candidate, INC, NPP and an Independent while the by-election to the 26-Aonglenden constituency will witness a straight fight between ruling NDPP/PDA candidate and Congress nominee. Campaigning for both Lok Sabha and by-election will end by 6 p.m., two days before the polling day (April 11).

The two other candidates for the by-poll— Toshipokba Longkumer (NPF) and O. Tinu Longkumer (NPP) not only withdrew their candidature but announced full support to the PDA consensus candidate from the NDPP.

Chief electoral officer Abhijit Sinha had informed that as per the final electoral rolls, there was a total of 12,13,777 voters in the State, including 7,490 service electors. There has an increase of 16,341 voters in 2019 as compared to 2018 electoral rolls.

In Aonglenden constituency, there are 12,482 voters, out of which 46 were service electors, 6,290 female and 6,146 male voters.

For the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, 450 polling stations have been identified as critical and vulnerable, all of which would also have web streaming and offline videography.

On the other hand, 16 polling stations under 26 Aonglenden constituency have been identified as critical and vulnerable, where live web streaming and videography will be done.

To encourage 6,081 persons with disability to vote, the officials said the number of ramps had been increased, while 200 wheel chairs would be placed at the polling stations.

As voting would be held simultaneously for both Lok Sabha and Assembly by-election in Aonglenden, two electronic voting machines would be placed in the voting chamber.

According to Sinha, there will be 2,227 polling stations, 2,067 polling station locations, 255 women polling teams, one polling station for differently abled (in Wokha), 314 P-2 polling stations, 280 polling stations for live web streaming, 170 polling stations for offline videography, 3,255 ballot units, 3,304 control units and 3,271 voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines.

On security for polls, Sinha said adequate state and central forces will be deployed for duty.

Sinha also informed that state home guards and village guards too would be deployed to complement other forces.

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