43.74% electorate turnout for repoll and adjourned poll
Kohima, May 10
Re-polling in two polling stations under 33-Suruhuto A/C in Zunheboto district and polling of ‘adjourned’ polling station in Longleng district concluded peacefully with an overall turnout of 43.74 percent.
The three polling stations had around 2030 electorate and the percentage reveals that around 890 people came forward to exercise their franchise.
Returning Officer for the Lok Sabha polls in Nagaland Temjen Toy said that re-polling at the two polling stations Akhakhu PS No. 2 and Naltoqa PS No. 25 under Suruhoto Assembly constituency under Zunheboto district concluded peacefully with no untoward incidents.Akhakhu which had recorded over 100 percent voting with 44 extra entries on April 9 witnessed only 31.25 percent polling out of the 720 electorate. In Naltoqa wherein votes of 11 entries of electorate issued with Election Duty Certificate were found cast despite their absence, 41.37 percent of the voters exercised their franchise. The polling station has 1008 registered electorate.
The Election Commission had ordered repoll in the two polling stations on May 8 following findings of the scrutiny committee that Akhakhu had cast 44 extra votes while in Naltoqa has entries of the electorate going outstation on electoral duties.
Voting for the adjourned poll at Ladaigarh polling station No. 1 under 49-Tamlu A/C in Longleng district was also held peacefully and without any hindrance at a nearby makeshift structure with a voter turnout of 58.61 percent, he said.
The RO said polling was successfully conducted in a makeshift booth at Piching Nullah area falling within the village for the day. Polling in the booth on April 9 was adjourned because of the forceful occupation of designated polling station – LP School Ladaigarh by Assam police denying 302 electorate the right to vote.
With this, the polling process for Nagaland Parliamentary constituency in Nagaland concluded and counting will take place along with the rest of the country on May 16.