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Post-poll incidents rebut
- EC claim Rebel killed before repoll

Kohima, Feb. 25: Security forces gunned down a militant of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) last night while there were reports of post-poll violence in several places like Mokokchung, Meluri, Wokha, Dimapur, Zunheboto and Kohima.

Moreover, tomorrow’s repoll will be held in nine stations — Toshiho polling station under Ghaspani-II Assembly constituency in Dimapur district, Sendenyu polling station under Tsemenyu constituency in Kohima district, Zhavame A wing polling station under 17-Chizami constituency in Phek district, Hoshepu polling station under Aghunato constituency in Zunheboto district, Sheyepu polling station under Zunheboto constituency in Zunheboto district, Ladigarh polling station Tamlu constituency in Longleng district, Aliosopur polling station under Longkhim Chare in Tuensang district, Yongkhao polling station and 11 Yongkhao village polling station under Tobu constituency under Mon district.

Election office sources said elaborate arrangement has been made for smooth conduct of the polls.

Sources said rebels of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) at Kitsakita, some 18km from Zunheboto town, challenged IRB personnel on duty last night.

One militant was killed and another apprehended in the encounter.

Some arms were recovered from the rebels.

Sources said even after three days of the elections, complaints continued to pour in from several constituencies over involvement of militants, massive proxy voting and booth capturing by supporters of political parties.

The Election Commission and chief electoral officer J. Alam had said at the end of polling on Saturday that the state had experienced the most peaceful elections ever.

Barring a few incidents, the elections had been by and large peaceful this time.

However, massive proxy voting and booth capturing in several places, including the state capital, marred the elections.

“Our democracy has become a mockery,” said Tokhevi Aye, a graduate.

He said there has to be massive reforms in the democratic set-up so that real democracy can prevail in the country.

He said money continues to play a central role in Nagaland.

A senior political analyst, Okenjeet Sandham, observed that democracy has become a farce in Nagaland.

He rebutted the Election Commission’s claim that Nagaland had experienced most peaceful elections.

He said the polls were almost violence-free on Saturday but massive proxy voting and booth capturing by supporters of different political parties and militants marred it.

The Election Commission was not in a position to rectify the mistakes.


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