Kohima: The polling for bye-election to two Assembly constituencies in Nagaland will be held on November 3. This was announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI). For the first time in the state, senior citizens above 80 years will be allowed to vote though postal ballot.
The two Assembly constituencies are 14-Southern Angami-1 and 60-Pungro Kiphire (ST) Assembly. The seats were left vacant after the demise of the sitting Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Vikho-o Yhoshu and T Torechu.
As per the schedule of the election, the date of issue of gazette notification is on October 9. The last date of filing nominations is October 16 after which the nominations will be scrutinized. The final date for withdrawal of candidatures is October 19.
The poll is scheduled to be conducted on November 3 and the date of counting will be on November 10. The date before which election shall be completed is set on November 12.
Addressing a press conference, Additional Chief Electoral Officer, N Moa Aier, informed that the latest M3 Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) will be used for the bye-elections
Aier said that to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the time of election, all necessary safety measures are to be followed.
He informed that all agents involved in polling stations will be provided with personal protective equipment and that the electors will be provided with hand gloves during the time of voting which will be disposed at the time of exiting the polling station.
14-Southern Angami-1 constituency:
Aier informed that the total electors for 14-Southern Angami-1 constituency is 13,541 out of which 6,320 are male and 7,221 are female. The general electors as per the final published e-roll is 13,489 of which 6,269 are male and 7,220 are female.
The service electors as per the final e-roll is 52 of which one is female. The EP ratio is 476 and the gender ratio is 1152.
Two auxiliary polling stations will be set up in addition to 20 polling stations across 20 polling locations. The highest electorate in the constituency is polling station No 9–Jakhama Upper with 986 electors and the lowest electorate is Polling station No 15 –Mitlephe with 155 electors.
As per the availability of EVMs and VVPATs, Aier informed that there are 64 (FLC ok) ballot unit, 53 control unit, 63 VVPAT.
The requirement for polling personnel is 33 presiding officers, 99 polling officers, 33 grade IV staff and 66 as reserved. In the past election, the constituency recorded 13,354 electorate with 11,282 vote turnout, a percentage of 84.48%.
60-Pungro Kiphire (ST) Assembly constituency:
As for the 60-Pungro Kiphire (ST) Assembly constituency, the total electors stands at 29,346 of which 15,369 are male and 13,977 are female. The general electors as per the final published e-roll is 29,247 of which 15,270 are male and 13,977 are female. The service electors as per the final e-roll is 99, all of whom are male.
Seven auxiliary polling stations will be set up in addition to 70 polling stations across 58 polling locations. The highest electorate in the constituency is polling station No 6–Rest House Ward A Kiphire Town with 954 electors and the lowest electorate is Polling station No 64 –Kiuro village with 45 electors.
As per the availability of EVMs and VVPATs, there are 209 (FLC ok) ballot unit, 204 control unit, 206 VVPAT.
The requirement for polling personnel is 77 presiding officers, 385 polling officers, 77 grade IV staff and 273 as reserved. In the past election, the constituency recorded 28,676 electorate with 22,146 vote turnout, a percentage of 77.23%.
Aier also informed that the MCC has come to force with immediate effect in the districts of Kohima and Kiphire in which the whole or any part of the Assembly constituencies going for bye-election is included, but subject to partial modification that if the constituency is comprised in the state capital/metropolitan cities/Municipal Corporations, then instructions will be applicable in the area of concerned constituency only.
The MCC is applicable to all candidates, political parties, state government and the union government for the concerned districts.
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