With just a day to go for the Nagaland state general elections, 11,70,548 voters are registered to exercise their franchise on February 27 in 59 constituencies. A total of 5,79,108 are female and 5,91,440 are male.
Among the 195 candidates, five are women.
According to ADR reports 2018, there are seven candidates between the ages of 25 and 30, 29 candidates are between the ages of 31 and 40, 39 candidates between 41 and 50, 66 candidates between 51 and 60 and one candidate is above 80 years.
As per the affidavits filed, Rongsenshilu from Mokokchung Town is the youngest candidate being 25 years old and the oldest is Kejong Chang at 81 years of age.
In 2013, a total of 10,80,887 (90.57%) voters cast their vote with Longleng district having the highest voter turnout percentage — 94.35% followed by Wokha with 94.35%.
Of the 60 elected members in 2013, six candidates were between the ages of 30 and 40 years and 32 year old Merentoshi Jamir from Mongoya AC was declared the youngest MLA amongst them all.
Out of the 60 elected members in 2013, former chief minister Neiphiu Rio from 11 Northern Angami-I A/C won the election with the highest margin of 12,271 followed by C. L John with 7891, G. Kaito Aye, 7168, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, 6711, Chotisuh Sazo, 6410 and Yitachu, 5551.
C. Apok Jamir from Mokokchung town, which was also the smallest constituency in the state, won the election with a margin of 47 just votes, Longriniken with 156, Mmhonlumo Kikon, 254, Thongwang, 274 and Hukavi Zhimomi, 322.
Most of the winning candidates from the last elections won by margins between 1000 and 5000.
Meanwhile the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nagaland, Abhijit Sinha informed Nagaland Post that 144 CrPc was imposed for the entirety of Mokokchung district.
Informing of this on Sunday evening, Sinha said 31 companies of CAPF and 10 state IR and NAP companies were deployed in Mokokchung district.
He also said that strike forces were deployed at various vulnerable places like Lonkhum, Chungtia, Changtongya, Tuli, Ungma and Aliba and also in some other parts of the state ensure smooth conduct of the polls.
He further he reiterated the earlier stand of the authorities that action would be initiated against village councils imposing penalties on villagers and voters by favouring particular candidates.
He stated that for the 2018 polls, movement of armed cadres were not reported except once in Longkhum while adding that more than 250 companies of central forces had reached Nagaland for the February 27 polls.