Kohima: About 35-40% votes were polled till noon in Nagaland today where simultaneous general elections and bypolls were being held in the lone Lok Sabha and four assembly segments respectively.
Moderate to brisk polling was reported from across the state with heavy turnout of electorate in four assembly segments of Tizit, Tuensang Sadar-II, Chizami and Dimapur-III where by-elections were being held simultaneously.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio, whose name is in the voter’s list of Touphema village in Kohima district, exercise his franchise through postal ballot, while Congress candidate Asungba Sangtum exercised his franchise in Mokokchung town.
Enthusiastic young voters were seen in large numbers in both urban and rural areas. Extra vigil was kept in areas bordering Assam in view of heightened militant activities in the neighbouring state.
While Kohima district, a stronghold of regional Nagaland People’s Front, witnessed a moderate turn out, brisk polling was reported in Dimapur district, a stronghold of Congress, till noon, officials said.
Although there were reports of a few stray incidents, mostly involving supporters of rival parties outside the booths, polling was by and large peaceful across the state.
Asunga Sangtum (Congress) is pitted against C M Chang of ruling Nagaland Peoples Front in a direct fight, while a candidate from Trinmool Congress is also in the fray.