Kohima: Nagaland witnessed a high 83.29 percent turnout of voters to elect 59 members of the 60-member Assembly on Saturday with the polling by and large peaceful.
Election to the Tuensang sadar seat was countermanded following the death on Friday of Congress candidate P Chuba Chang. Prominent candidates whose fates were sealed in EVMs were Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie, Opposition Leader Tokheho Yepthomi, Congress president SI Jamir and former Home Minister Imkong L Imchen from Koridang.
Till 4:00 pm, the official time for end of polling, 83.29 percent of the electorate exercised their franchise, Chief Electoral Officer J Alam told reporters here. The voting percentage could rise as there were still people in queue, particularly in Mokokchung and Wokha districts, he said.

He said that repoll would be held in three polling stations -- Hoshepu in Zunheboto district, polling station number 17 in Chizami Zavame village in Phek district and Ghaspani-II in Dimapur district.
At Hoshepu armed miscreants prevented polling from being held, at Zavame EVMs and the electoral rolls were damaged and at Ghaspani-II voting could not be held because of a clash between supporters of two candidates, he said. The date of repolling would be announced by Sunday, he said.
The election to the Tuensang seat will be held on March 23 and counting on for it on March 26, Alam said. Asked about Assam police allegedly preventing polling at Ladigarh in Tamlu constituency in Longleng district, Alam said that he accepted that there were problems, but the final report from the district administration and returning officer were awaited.
Only after receiving the final report would further action be taken, he added. Deputy CEC, Sudhir Tripathi, lauded the efforts of the Church bodies and other civil societies in maintaining a clean election process. Counting will be held on February 28 for the 59 seats.

Total number of electorate:

11.93 lakh
Total candidates

Total number of polling stations:


Total number of sensitive booths
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Political parties contesting seats

Prominent candidates: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie, Opposition Leader Tokheho Yepthomi, state Congress president SI Jamir, Imkong L Imchen


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