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85 per cent voter turnout in Nagaland

india Updated: Mar 05, 2008 20:34 IST
Polling for assembly election begins in Nagaland

A high voter turnout of over 85 per cent was witnessed in the Assembly elections in Nagaland held on Wednesday and the polls were largely peaceful except for some sporadic instances of disruption.

"The poll percentage is in the vicinity of 85-plus," Deputy Election Commissioner J P Prakash told reporters here while briefing about the elections for 60 Assembly seats in the northeastern state.

The poll percentage was, however, a dip from the 87.65 per cent turnout in the Assembly elections in 2003.

"There have been sporadic instances of disruption in the election in a few polling stations," he said.

Elaborating on the incidents, he said nine cases of EVM snatching or damaging have been reported.

Ten complaints of intimidation or threat to voters have also been received, he said.

At 14 polling stations, polling could not begin on time and would be taken up as adjourned poll along with the other re-polls as and when they are held.

"Detailed reports from the poll observers and returning officers are expected late tonight, after which, wherever required, re-poll decisions will be taken," Prakash said.

Voting in 30-40 polling stations was still going on as the Election Commission held its briefing as queues were still present outside the booths.

The state has a total of 6,64,604 voters and 1,692 polling stations were set up.

In all, 218 candidates are contesting in the elections. While Congress is in the fray in all 60 seats, NPF has pitted its candidates on 56 seats.

RJD and BJP have put their candidates on 25 and 23 seats respectively.

There is a straight fight in 12 of the 60 seats.

A total of 33 observers and 59 micro-observers were deployed for the elections and as many as 9,000 polling personnel were on the job.

A large number of central paramilitary forces and state police personnel were deployed to maintain law and order during the elections.