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Nagaland declares paid holiday on bypoll polling day

Nagaland opposition leader TR Zeliang addressing a campaign rally for Naga People’s Front candidate C Apok Jamir for the May 28 Lok Sabha byelection, in Wokha town on Thursday. – Correspondent
 DIMAPUR, May 17 - In view of the forthcoming byelection to Nagaland parliamentary constituency slated for May 28, the State Government has declared the day of polling as paid holiday for all employees of government/private establishments and shops to enable them to participate and exercise their franchise.

Nagaland Home Commissioner R Ramakrishnan, in a notification, on Thursday also said those electors, including casual workers working outside the constituency concerned will also be entitled to the benefit of the paid holiday. However, this will not apply to any elector whose absence may cause danger or loss in respect of the employment in which he/she is engaged, the notification said.

In a separate notification on Thursday, Dimapur Deputy Commissioner and District Electoral Officer Sushil Kumar Patel has informed all drivers of requisitioned vehicles for the ensuing byelection who wish to exercise their franchise through election duty certificate to apply in Form 12A which entitles them to cast vote in another polling station on the day of polling. The last date of its submission is May 23, he said.

Meanwhile, the second phase of training for poll personnel will be held at Dimapur Government College on May 19.

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