The senior citizens, people with disabilities (PwDs) and Covid19 positive people cast their votes for the Nagaland bypolls to 14 Southern Angami-I (ST) Assembly constituency, scheduled for November 3, in Kohima district.

The polling was held on Wednesday and Thursday.

Kohima deputy commissioner and district election officer Mohammed Ali Shihab A. said in pursuance of the instructions given by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on September 17, polling teams, along with security personnel, visited these electors with postal ballots at the address mentioned in their application Form 12D and facilitated the electors to cast their votes during these two days for the bypolls in the constituency.

Bypolls in another Assembly constituency – 60 Pungro Kiphire (ST) seat – will also be held on November 3.

The Nagaland government on Thursday declared that all establishments, including government offices and shops, will remain closed in the areas falling under the two constituencies on the day of polling.

The government also said paid holiday will be granted to all employees in the areas of the constituencies, including those electors working outside the constituencies, in order to enable them to participate and exercise their franchise.

However, this will not apply to any elector whose absence may cause danger or substantial loss in respect of the employment in which he/she is engaged.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com