DIMAPUR, April 10 - Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha today said all arrangements have been put into place for the conduct of free, fair and peaceful Lok Sabha polls and by-election to the Aonglenden Assembly constituency in the State tomorrow.
The CEO requested all the voters in Nagaland to come out and vote fearlessly without being influenced by considerations of race, caste, religion, language, community or any inducement.
In a release issued by his media cell this evening, Sinha said all the 2,227 polling parties reached the respective polling stations by 7 pm today. He said out of 2,227 polling parties in the State, 325 had left on Tuesday.
He said webcasting would be done in 270-odd polling stations on the day of polling and that the operators for the same have carried out a dry run of the webcasting. He added in another 180-odd polling stations, offline videography would be done.
The CEO said besides the security personnel in all the polling stations, striking reserves are being kept at many locations to maintain law and order. About 250 sector officers, sector magistrates and sector commanders will move around along with security forces. They will visit polling stations and ensure that everything is fine, the release said.
Sinha said the sector officers would also carry the reserve machines. There will be control rooms at his office and the district election officers� offices. Poll percentages will be conveyed every two hours, he said.
The CEO said movement of the polling parties was hampered in some districts due to bad roads. But those roads were cleared by the district authorities by using JCBs and the polling parties could move and reach the polling stations, he added.
Mock poll will start at 6 am on Thursday and the actual poll will start at 7 am. For the Aonglenden Assembly constituency, mock poll will start at 5.30 am as it has to be done for two machines. Updating on the seizures, the CEO said an amount of Rs 92,26,640 and 65,400 litres of liquor had been seized till Wednesday.