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Polling in Northeastern states of India

The Northeastern states of Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh in India had their Lok Sabha polls as per scheduled on April 9, 2014. Other than a few stray instances polling continued unhindered as voters stood in queues to exercise their power to vote for electing their candidates to the Lok Sabha. Polling was held for six Lok Sabha seats in the four northeastern states of Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Meanwhile the electorates of Arunchal Pradesh also voted for electing members to their state assembly simultaneously that has 60 seats. While Nagaland registered 81.47 per cent polling, 80 per cent of the Manipuri electorate voted with Meghalaya coming a third at 71 per cent followed by Arunachal Pradesh registering the lowest voting percent at 55, stated the election offices.

Polling was not held in a disputed area in Longleng district of Nagaland bordering Assam as Assam Police and CRPF personnel prohibited the entry of polling officials to the polling station and a mob prevented setting up of standby one. In Arunachal Pradesh, Congress candidate for the Konsa (W) assembly constituency in the troubled Tirap district was kidnapped by suspected militants but later released unharmed. CM of Arunachal Pradesh, Nabam Tuki stated that the Congress would emerge victorious in both the Lok Sabha and assembly polls. Elections to the Inner Manipur seat would be held on April 17.

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