DIMAPUR, March 24 – Election to the Tuensang Sadar-I Assembly constituency was held peacefully yesterday with 72.5 per cent voters exercising their franchise.
No untoward incident was reported from any of the 30 polling stations, except for the tragic demise of a voter due to a stroke while standing in line to cast his vote.
DC and District Returning Officer of Tuensang, T Mhabemo Yanthan said out of the total 22,049 electorate, 16,040 cast their votes to choose their representative in a straight contest between ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) candidate L Elam Chang and Independent nominee Poyang Changkong Chang.
Congress had backed out from fielding a candidate following the demise of its candidate P Chuba Chang on February 22 last because of which polling in the constituency had to be rescheduled. There were no reports of violence from any quarter in the 30 polling stations of the constituency.
The DC and SP Tuensang, Roopa M, personally visited the polling stations and in the process seized a total of 145 voter slips from unauthorised voters, while 56 persons, including 11 women, were taken under custody for various electoral offences. Counting of votes for the constituency will be held on March 26.