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Nagaland recorded 83.27 per cent voter turnout as assembly elections were held on Saturday amidst tight security. Barring a few minor incidents polling was peaceful, according to officials. In the last elections, the state had registered 86.19 per cent.
In Meghalaya, which also went to polls, voters defied a bandh call by militants in some districts to come out in large numbers. The state registered 88 per cent turnout, against 89.04 per cent recorded in the last elections.
The counting will be held on February 28.
In Kohima, voters started lining to cast their vote braving the early morning chill. Ashia Metsio, a 29-year-old government employee in the Nagaland health department, said she along with family and friends was there since 5 am. "We wanted to make sure that we could cast our votes since the lines can get very long. It is important to us that our candidate wins because he is from our clan. That's why everyone from our colony has turned up,'' she said.
In Wokha district, one of the most sensitive districts in Nagaland, heavy security was deployed. Elections officials said they were issued instructions to make sure that there is no proxy voting.
Meanwhile, the bypolls to six assembly seats in Mizoram, West Bengal, UP and Punjab passed off peacefully. Chalfilh in Mizoram recorded 78 per cent, Bharatpar in UP saw 50 per cent and Moga in Punjab recorded 70.33 per cent. In West Bengal, Nalhati Birbhum recorded 65 per cent polling, English Bazar 75 per cent and Rejinagar 72 per cent.
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