Dimapur, Feb 23: Around 42 percent votes were cast till noon in Nagaland, where the election is presently on for its 60-member house.
Voters, including women and youngsters, have queued up in large numbers outside the polling stations here to exercise their voting rights.
“This election is very important for every single individual here. It was a very good experience,” Gita Roy, a local here, told ANI after casting her vote.
A total of 11,93,384 electorate, 6,03,31 male and 5,89,535 women, voters will exercise their franchise here to decide the fate of 185 candidates, who are in the fray for the Nagaland assembly elections.
Voters here will decide the electoral fate of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie, Opposition Leader Tokheho Yepthomi, Congress president SI Jamir and former Home Minister Imkong L Imchen.
The ruling Naga People’s Front is the only party contesting all the 60 seats. The opposition Congress is contesting 57 seats, followed by NCP in 15, BJP in 11, JD-U in three, RJD in two and the United Nagaland Democratic Party in one.
Of the 2023 polling stations, 821 have been identified as sensitive and 662 as hyper sensitive. Altogether 255 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed in the state for the elections. (ANI)