Tokheho wins LS polls by 16,344 votes

Tokheho wins LS polls by 16,344 votes
Tokheho Yepthomi (File)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/23/2019 12:31:32 PM IST

Ruling NDPP candidate and sitting MP Tokheho Yepthomi retained Nagaland’s lone parliamentary constituency election, ousting opposition Congress candidate K.L. Chishi by a meagre margin of 16,344 votes on Thursday. 

Unlike other Parliamentary elections where the winners won by a huge margin with a difference of over a lakh votes, the 2019 poll witnessed a keen fight between the ruling PDA and Congress candidates.

Out of the 10,02,670 votes, Tokheho polled 5,00,510, out which 4,98,683 were EVM votes and 827 postal votes.

Chishi polled 4,84,166, out of which 4,81,915 were EVM votes and 2,251 were postal votes, while NPP candidate Hayithung Tungoe polled a total of 14,997 votes, out of which 14,219 were EVM votes and 778 postal votes.

Dr MM Thromwa Konyak polled 4,620 votes, out of which 4.316 were EVM votes and 304 postal votes. Altogether, 2,064 NOTA votes were also cast.

Tokheho was leading by 2,542 votes until 12 noon, after which Chishi took the lead by 6,632 votes and consistently led with a margin of 33,122 votes till 3.30 pm.

Addressing media persons late in the evening, commissioner and returning officer (RO) M Patton informed that district-wise report was still being compiled, adding the final report could not be ascertained while Mokokchung, Mon and Zunheboto districts were yet to upload their reports.

He said the figures of the votes polled could be provisional though the winning margin may not be changed. He added that as the votes were cross-checked as per the directives of Election Commission of India, there was delay in uploading the report.

For Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot Service (ETPBS), 5,295 postal ballots were cast, out of which 1,080 was rejected. As per the authorisation of Tokheho, his election agent Prasielie Pienyu collected the winning certificate.

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