DIMAPUR, April 9 - Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha said the campaigning for the lone Lok Sabha seat and the by-election to the Aonglenden Assembly constituency came to an end at 4 pm on Tuesday.
Four candidates, including one each from the INC, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, National People�s Party and an Independent candidate, are in the fray for the Lok Sabha seat. The by-election will witness a straight contest between the INC and the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party candidates.
Sinha said public meetings for a period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of the polls at 4 pm on Thursday, have been prohibited. He warned that violation of the provision would invite imprisonment for a term which may extend up to two years or fine, or both.
The CEO said 325 polling parties left for the polling stations across the State on Tuesday as these polling parties, known as P-2, were dispatched on account of their being very far from the district headquarters. He added that these polling parties would reach their respective polling stations either on late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
The CEO said though there were heavy rains all over the State, all the routes are open and there was no problem in the movement of the polling parties. He further stated that JCBs and other equipment are ready for operation in the event of the blockade of roads.
The CEO said some districts completed the last and final phase of training of polling personnel on Tuesday. All vehicles of the sector officers carrying reserved EVMs and VVPAT machines have been fitted with GPS and the movement of these vehicles is being monitored both at the district and the CEO levels.
Sinha said all the remaining polling parties would leave for the polling stations on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Nagaland Commissioner and Returning Officer (RO) for the Lok Sabha seat, M Patton, has asked all the political parties, candidates, their leaders and campaigners to stop campaigning in the next 48 hours.