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Sporadic violence, 70% turnout in Nagaland

An estimated 60 to 70 per cent polling was recorded in the election to the 60-member Nagaland Assembly under an unprecedented security cover.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2003 18:55 IST

An average 60 to 70 per cent polling was recorded in the election to the 60-member Nagaland Assembly that ended at 4 p.m. on Wednesday under an unprecedented security cover amidst reports of sporadic incidents of violence in which two persons were killed.

Officials said that although there were reports of clashes among workers of rival political parties, firing in the air by underground activists and damages to EVMs in certain areas, they did not adversely affect the polling process in the hill state.

An NSCM-IM activist was shot dead and two others were arrested by security forces and police in Agri colony area of Kohima town during a search operation in the morning, police sources said.

The state always recorded an impressive turnout of voters except in the 1998 general election.

Police and security forces said that there were reports of total or partial damage to EVMs in certain polling stations under Wokha amd Mokokchung districts and a re-poll might be ordered there in some booths.

However, as yet there were no reports of any re-poll here, the sources said.

Certain Asembly segments in rural districts recorded 70 to 80 per cent voter turnout while some polling stations in Kohima and Dimapur registered 50 to 55 per cent polling, officials said.

First Published: Feb 26, 2003 18:55 IST