KOHIMA, Oct 15 � Voting for the by-election to Northern Angami-II Assembly constituency in Kohima district of Nagaland, which began at 7 am today amidst tight security, was going on peacefully.
Polling is being held in 39 polling stations spread over 30 villages of the constituency.
Voters are trickling in to cast their votes. With most of them now residing in towns they are expected to reach their respective villages only by afternoon.
The by-election is a straight contest between NPF�s Dr Neiphrezo Keditsu and BJP�s Visasolie Lhoungu.
Both the candidates are first timers. While 37-year-old Neiphrezo Keditsu is a contractor-turned-politician, 60-year-old BJP candidate Visasolie Lhoungu is a retired bureaucrat.
Both NPF and BJP are allies in Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), but pitted against each other in this bypoll. Altogether 18,834 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise, of which 8,516 are women.
The bypoll has become a prestige issue for the ruling NPF as the seat had been continuously held for five terms by three-times Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio from 1989 till May 2014. The bypoll was necessitated following Neiphiu Rio�s win in the Lok Sabha election in May this year. The counting of votes will be held on October 20. � PTI