Voting to the Nagaland Assembly election was marred by a clash between supporters of the ruling Naga People’s Front and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Zunheboto district on Tuesday, in which one person was shot dead and two persons were injured.
A total of 11,91,513 electorate, including 5,89,806 women and 26,900 new voters, decided the fate of 195 candidates, including five women and many independents. Counting of votes will take place on 3 March.
According to the C-Voter exit poll for 2018, of the 60 seats in Nagaland, the BJP-NDPP alliance is likely to clinch 25 to 31 seats. The ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) is likely to get 19 to 25 seat share, the exit poll predicts. Congress and Others will see 0 to 4 and 6 to 10 seats respectively.
C-Voter predicts that the BJP-NDPP alliance will end up with 38.4 percent of the vote share, followed by NPF with 27.1 percent, Congress with 19.7 percent and Others with 14.8 percent.
Three-time chief minister Neiphiu Rio of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDDP) has been declared elected unopposed from Northern Angami-II constituency after lone rival Chupfuo Angami of the ruling NPF withdrew his nomination on 12 February.
The newly floated NDPP has stitched an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the two are contesting 40 and 20 seats, respectively. However, Chief Minister TR Zeliang voiced confidence that the NPF will retain power.
In the 2013 Nagaland elections, 90.19 percent voter turnout was recorded.