DIMAPUR, May 15 � Repoll in five polling stations under Sanis Assembly constituency of Wokha district reported zero voter turnout till the completion of scheduled polling time at 4 pm today.
The polling stations where repoll had been ordered are Lakhuti-I, Lakhuti-II, Lakhuti-IV, Lakhuti-VII and Lakhuti-VIII.
The Election Commission (EC) ordered repolling in five polling stations today. The order was issued on May 13, Commissioner Nagaland, who is also the Returning Officer for Lok Sabha polls in Nagaland, Temjen Toy said.
The RO said the EC declared the repoll under sub Section (2) of Section 58 of the Representation of People Act 1951 after declaring the poll taken on April 9 at the five polling stations as void. However, the RO said there has been zero voter turnout in all the polling stations.
Asked about the reason for the repoll, the RO said no specific information was given by EC in the notification except declaring the April 9 votes cast in the five polling stations as void.
On the nil voters turnout for the repoll, he said there have been no official communication but the village leaders of Lakhuti are complaining against imposition of repoll as the April 9 poll percentage in the five polling stations have not crossed 90 per cent while seeking to know why the repoll was ordered.
The Congress in its representation submitted to EC on April 25 last while pointing that April 9 elections in the State had been marred by massive proxy voting and election malpractices, demanded repoll in over 1300 polling stations which had reportedly recorded beyond 90 per cent voter turnout.
Repoll in two polling stations under Suruhoto Assembly constituency of Zunheboto district was held on May 10.
The ruling Naga People�s Front (NPF) lodged a complaint with the EC against the decision of repolling.
In the complaint, NPF secretary general KG Kenye said the repoll has been ordered despite the positive report of �free and fair� elections by the presiding officers and the Deputy Commissioner of Wokha.