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Poll panel team visits Nagaland

Kohima, Jan. 3: An Election Commission team has reached Nagaland on a two-day visit to review the process of Assembly election in the state.

Nagaland is likely to go for elections by early March, as the tenure of Assembly will expire on March 26.

The team, headed by Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath today held a meeting with political parties at Police Complex in Chumukedima, 12km from Dimapur.

Sampath is accompanied by two election commissioners H.S. Brahma and Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi. The commissioners are also accompanied by a group of senior officials, including deputy-election commissioner Sudhir Tripathi, two director-generals of election commissioner Akshay Rout and A.K. Shrivastava.

The team reviewed arrangements in the state before announcing the date for elections. It will also separately meet the state government and police officials. It will hold meeting with deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of the districts tomorrow to assess the ground situation and security aspect and forces required for conducting the elections.

A team of Election Commission officials has already visited the state in November and December to assess the preparedness to hold elections.

The biggest task before the Election Commission is to delete bogus voter lists and double entries in many places where it has exceeded population census. Recently, the Congress lodged a complaint against anomalies in the electoral list of Rotomi village in Zunheboto district where voters were more than population census.

The commission will have to check booth capture, intimidation and proxy voting which is largely practiced in the state. Largescale booth capturing and proxy voting by Naga militant groups have marred past elections in the state.

This time the church has appealed the militants not to participate in the polls so that it could be free and fair.

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