The Election Commission of India on Thursday ordered re-poll in 12 polling stations spread over six districts of Nagaland on March 2. The Commission also ordered fresh poll in Ladaigarh polling station No 1 under 49 Tamlu Assembly constituency in Longleng district in an alternative temporary structure on the day.
Polling in Ladaigarh polling station bordering Assam could not be conducted as Assam’s armed police prevented the polling personnel from Nagaland from proceeding to the station on the polling day on February 27. There are 352 voters under this polling station.
The Assam administration has been claiming that the Ladaigarh polling station falls under disputed area whereas Nagaland government claims Ladaigarh village is an ‘undisputed’ Phom Naga village under Tamlu Sub-division and RD Block in Longleng district having a Government Primary School recognized by the Nagaland government.
Polling stations where re-poll will be held are: Polling station No 15 – Village Council Hall, Samziuram ‘A’ Sector under 7 Peren Assembly constituency, polling station No 29 – AG Colony Upper-1 under 9 Kohima Town Assembly constituency, polling station No 1 – Community Hall, Middle Khomi Village under 17 Chizami Assembly constituency, polling station No 10 – GPS, Mesulumi village, A/Wing, under 17 Chizami Assembly constituency, polling station No 9 – GPS, Metsalemi village under 19 Phek Assembly constituency, polling station No 25 – Panchayat Hall, Phek village, B/Wing, under 19 Phek Assembly constituency, polling station No 1 – GPS Building, Suthotsu village under 20 Meluri Assembly constituency, polling station No 13 – GPS Building, Zangkham village under 41 Tizit Assembly constituency, polling station No 3 – Chare ‘A’ under 52 Longkhim-Chare Assembly constituency, polling station No 9 – GMS, Tonglongsor under 52 Longkhim-Chare Assembly constituency, polling station No 19 – GHS Building, Pungro Town ‘B’ under 60 Pungro-Kiphire Assembly constituency and polling station No 25 – GPS Building, Khongka under 60 Pungro-Kiphire Assembly constituency.
Counting of votes will be held in 17 centres across Nagaland on March 3.
Meanwhile, Peren district administration has promulgated Criminal Procedure Section 144 in Peren town with effect from February 27 and in Jalukie town and Samziuram village under Peren Assembly constituency from March 1.
Peren DC and DEO Smita Sarangi, in an order, on Thursday said the prohibitory order has been following reports that there are chances of post-poll violence in and around Peren which could damage the peace and tranquility in the area.
Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang of Naga People’s Front (NPF) is in straight contest with Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) candidate Iherie Ndang in Peren Assembly constituency.
As per the order, assembly of five or more persons, carrying of arms, stones, lathis, etc. and vehicles with more than five persons, including driver, have been prohibited. The prohibitory order will remain in force till March 3, the day of counting of votes.
Polling personnel, government officials and central paramilitary force involved in the conduct of election will not come under the purview of the prohibitory order, the DC said.