Stage set for Lok Sabha, by-poll

Stage set for Lok Sabha, by-poll
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/10/2019 12:10:39 PM IST

The stage is set for over 12,13,777 electorates, including over 16,000 first time voters, to exercise their franchise in the first phase of polls for the lone Lok Sabha seat. For the by-poll to the 26-Aonglenden constituency, to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls on April 11, the constituency has 12,436 electorates including 6,146 male and 6,290 female voters. 

Voting for both Lok Sabha and by-election will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The phase-I Lok Sabha election will also see 91 constituencies across 20 states voting to choose their representatives from about 1,300 candidates. 

The elections, which will begin on April 11, will continue for over a month till May 19 across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nagaland, Abhijit Sinha Wednesday informed that adequate arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the elections. CEO appealed to the electorate to exercise their franchise without any fear and ensure ethical and informed voting, adding everything has been put in place for the conduct of peaceful polls. 

He said all polling personnel have been despatched for their respective polling stations and are expected to reach the 2,227 polling stations spread over 12 election districts in the state. On security arrangement, Sinha said 75 companies of security forces including Central Armed Police Force, IR and State Police and Home Guards supplemented by over a 1000 village guards have been deployed in the polling stations.

He also informed that around 250 sector officers, sector magistrates and sector commanders will be moving around along with security forces and visiting polling stations to ensure that everything was fine.

The lone Lok Sabha seat will witness a quadrangular between Congress/NPF consensus nominee K.L. Chishi, NDPP/PDA candidate Tokheho Yepthomi, NPP nominee Hayithung Tungoe and Independent Dr M M Thromwa Konyak. 

The by-poll to Aonglenden A/C will be a straight fight between the Congress nominee Alemjongshi Longkumer and NDPP/PDA consensus nominee Sharingain Longkumer.

The state Election office also gave out district-wise data of voters: Dimapur district, with five constituencies, has a total of 208216 voters (including service voters), Peren district with two constituency has 56562 voters.

Kohima district has seven constituencies with a total of 143380 voters, Pughoboto 13558 voters, Phek district 102398 voters in five constituencies, Mokokchung district 140020 voters for 10 constituencies, Zunheboto district 92269 voters for six constituencies, Wokha district 101670 voters for four constituencies, Mon district with 139635 voters for nine constituencies, Longleng district has 42101 voters for two constituencies, Tuensang district 123088 voters for seven constituencies and Kiphire 50880 district for one constituency.

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