Nagaland is set to conduct its Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections on June 26, marking a historic event after a 20-year hiatus. A total of 276,229 voters will decide the fate of 523 candidates contesting in 269 wards from 24 municipalities and town councils. Of the total electorate, 136,062 are male voters and 140,167 are female. There will be 521 polling stations.

Nagaland state election commission
Addressing media persons in Kohima today, State Election Commissioner TJ Longkumer announced that preparations for free and fair ULB elections are in their final stage. He highlighted the historic nature of the election, noting that it follows a prolonged period during which traditional and political issues were amicably resolved among all stakeholders.

Longkumer stressed on the significance of the election, stating that the entire Northeast region, the country, and even the Supreme Court are closely monitoring the process. He called for a calm and conducive atmosphere, urging all citizens to trust in the legal process and avoid any form of violence. He asserted that the commission is committed to a non-violent election and is prepared to conduct re-polls if necessary.

The State Election Commissioner also congratulated the candidates elected unopposed and extended his best wishes to the 523 candidates in the fray.

Comprehensive security arrangements in place

Nagaland State Police Nodal Officer, Limasunep Jamir, announced that comprehensive security arrangements are in place for the upcoming ULB elections in the state. He noted that the security dynamics have shifted, with increased focus on the western districts due to the absence of polls in the Eastern areas. Addressing media persons in Kohima, Jamir detailed that 108 companies, totaling 8,100 police personnel, will be deployed for the election.

Jamir explained that 92 polling stations are categorized as normal, 209 as sensitive, and 229 as hypersensitive. Consequently, multi-layered security measures have been arranged. For polling station security, state police will be deployed alongside election parties, with civil guides provided. The eight districts have been divided into 111 sectors, each with a sector magistrate and sector commander, supported by two sections of IRB as a striking force to respond to any emergencies. Anti-riot teams and the striking force will augment the initial security layers.

Jamir also mentioned that the Ceasefire Monitoring Group has communicated to underground factions that no one, including cardholders, will be allowed to carry arms. Joint control rooms have been established in all districts to ensure coordinated efforts.

On polling day, the State Nodal Police Officer assured that any instances of impersonation, undue influence, bribery, or attempts to interfere with the election process will be addressed according to the law. Jamir expressed confidence that the state police will take all necessary measures to maintain a peaceful atmosphere during the elections.

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