DIMAPUR, March 14 � Altogether 11,79,881 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the general election to elect the lone Lok Sabha member from Nagaland on April 9.
Briefing media persons at his office chamber in Kohima today, Commissioner Nagaland and Returning Officer, Nagaland Parliamentary Election 2014, Temjen Toy said Dimapur II Assembly constituency has the highest number of 47,086 voters while Mokokchung town Assembly constituency has the lowest 5,772 voters.
There are 2,059 polling stations in the State of which 1,125 are categorised as normal, 508 as vulnerable and 426 as critical, Toy said. He, however, stated that the number of polling stations categorised as vulnerable and critical are expected to decrease.
The Returning Officer said with the issue of election notification on March 15, nominations can be filed.
However, March 16 and 17 being public holidays, nomination will be opened effectively from March 18 onwards and the last day for filing nomination is March 22.
The RO mentioned that as per instructions issued by Election Commission of India basic facilities such as drinking water, separate toilet facilities, etc., will be provided at the polling stations, wherever possible. He said that in all the districts model polling stations will be set up where activities in those polling stations will be webcast and the strong room where voting machines are kept will have video coverage along with security to ensure transparency.
Toy said for the first time voters are given an option where a button with 'None Of The Above' (NOTA) option will also be available on the voting machine. He said that the election processes such as filing of nomination, scrutiny, allotment of symbol, etc., are to be videotaped.
The RO appealed to voters to uphold the peaceful environment throughout the election process. He said for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the State there will be two General Observers, two Expenditure Observers and one Police Observer. Since Nagaland falls under the expenditure sensitive category more attention is given to expenditure monitoring. Moreover, maximum expenditure for a candidate has been increased to Rs 70 lakh.
Apart from security personnel, 10294 polling personnel are to be deployed. Nagaland, along with Assam will be the first States in India to use plastic EPIC during the upcoming Lok Sabha election.