High voting in NC Hills council polls till afternoon

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Haflong, Dec 1 (UNI) More than 75 per cent voting has been registered till 1400 hours in second phase of the North Cachar Hills District Autonomous Council (NCHDAC) election today. Electioneering is being held amidst unprecedented security and no untoward incident has been reported so far, police sources informed.

However, gunning down of ten saw mills workers by Dimasa militants on Tuesday night, after peaceful first phase polling on November 26, had cast apprehension over participation in the second phase as well as its peaceful conduct.

The first phase had recorded 82 per cent voting, a huge turnout for the council poll.

Altogether 12 constituencies of the 28-member NCHDAC are going to the polls today.

As many as 51,193 voters will decide the fate of 31 candidates in the second phase.

Of the total 67 polling stations in this last and second phase, 15 have been identified as very sensitive and 30 as sensitive stations.

The bloody run up to the polls, including death of the candidate and several other security personnel by Dimasa militants, has made the administration ensure complete and high security cover in all the poll bound constituencies and also plan out the election in two phases.

The electioneering has been low key and most of the big players of the state politics have stayed away.

Council's outgoing Chief Executive Member Purnendu Langthasa and his colleague were killed in an ambush by Dimasa militants in June this year and elections, originally scheduled for the same month, were postponed.

With the resumption of militant attacks with approaching election, the campaign was a low key affair.

The main contest is between the Congress, who held power in the outgoing Council, and the combination of ASDC and BJP.

The first phase of poll for 18 constituencies was held on November 26 and counting of votes will be on December 4 here.

The oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected members of the council would take place on December 7.

Election to Lower Khartong constituency, slated to be held in the first phase, was countermanded following the killing of the Congress candidate by militants.

UNI

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