President-ruled Nagaland goes to Assy poll tomorrow

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Kohima, Mar 4 (UNI) Nagaland, which is under President's Rule since January three, is going to polls tomorrow to elect the 60-member state assembly.

Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer C J Ponraj said a total of 31 Election Observers, 20 General Observers and eleven Expenditure Observers had already started working in various districts.

A total of 43,000 security force personnel had been deployed, including those from Assam Rifles, CRPF, BSF, Indian Reserve Battalion, besides over 10,000 state police, 500 Home Guards and 5,800 village guards.

All possible precautionary measures had already been taken by the Election Department and Home Department to conduct a free and fair election on March five, he stated.

Mr Ponraj also informed that 1780 polling stations of the state had been identified sensitive and 740 hyper-sensitive.

Mr Ponraj said the concept of 'sensitive and hypersensitive' did not work in Nagaland like other parts of the country, and hence additional forces were being brought to assist the authorities in conducting a free and fair election.

He said Ghaspani-I has the highest number of 58,780 voters, while Mokokchung town Assembly constituency has the least number with 6144 electorate.

Kingpao polling station under Noklak Assembly constituency in Tuensang district has only nine voters, while Singrijan polling station under Dimapur-III Assembly constituency in Dimapur district has the highest number of voters with 2142.

There are 142 polling stations in the state, which has less than 200 electorate.

The total number of voters is more than 1.3 million with 6,35,903 female elections.

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