Guwahati: Nagaland is having the second round polling in eleven booths after verifying the recommendations of chief electoral officer on Friday. The Election Commission announced it on the anomalies like violence and other discrepancies.
Election to 59 out of 60 Assembly constituencies was held on Tuesday. “On the basis of reports submitted and after taking all circumstances into account, the commission hereby declares the poll taken on Tuesday at 11 polling stations to be void and appoints March 2 as the date and fixes 7am to 3pm for taking fresh poll”, the EC notification said.
The 11 booths where repolling will be held are spread over Peren, Kohima, Phek, Mon, Tuensang and Kiphire districts and eight Assembly constituencies of Peren, Kohima Town, Chizami, Phek, Meluri, Tizit, Longkhim-Chare and Pungro-Kiphire.
Altogether 16 complaints were received by the election office from different political parties demanding repolling in 16 booths, ranging from allegations of electorates not being allowed to exercise their franchise to proxy voting.
Chief electoral officer Abhijit Sinha said the polling percentage reported as 75 on Tuesday has gone up to 79.14 per cent. It is likely to increase following the re-polling in 11 booths on Friday.
Counting of votes for all 59 constituencies will be held on Saturday along with Tripura and Meghalaya, from 8am. Counting will be held in Nagaland at 17 centres spread across 12 election districts.
In Tripura, chief electoral officer Shriram Taranikanti said a three-cordon security layer will be deployed at 59 counting halls across the state on Saturday. Senior officers and police observers will be on duty and webcasting of the counting process will be conducted to ensure foolproof security and accountability.