40% polling in first four hours in Nagaland

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Kohima
May 05, 2004 12:05 PM IST

30 to 40 percent of polling was reported for the lone LS seat in Nagaland with brisk polling reported from rural areas.

An estimated 30 to 40 percent of electorate exercised their franchise for the lone Parliamentary seat in Nagaland during the first four hours with brisk polling reported from rural areas across the state, official sources said.

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The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said no reports of any untoward incident were received from any part of the state till 11 o'clock except a stray incident at a polling station under Chozuba Assembly segment in Phek district.

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Altercation among the supporters of political parties caused damage to the electronic voting machine disrupting the polling at the station, but immediately the EVM was replaced and polling recommenced, reports said.

Long queues of voters, mostly young men and women, were witnessed at a few polling stations around the capital town of Kohima visited by a PTI correspondent.

A particular booth in the town recorded around 40 per cent polling by 10.30 AM while another at Dzuza Hydel Power Plant, manned by female polling officials, registered a percentage of 25 during the period.

In Kohima there are five all women polling stations, an exercise undertaken for the first time on experimental basis during the last Assembly election in Nagaland.

Over 10 lakh voters will decide the fate of five contestants in the Lok Sabha election for the one seat, being fought mainly on the issue of Naga political problem.

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