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Six Nagaland districts had zero voting participation due to a distinct state requirement

On Friday, Nagaland held a single round of voting for one Lok Sabha seat. However, due to the desire for a separate state, voters abstained in six districts in the northeastern state, meaning that there was no voter participation.

In six districts of the area, the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) has called on residents to abstain from voting in the elections as a show of protest.

Extra election authorities, according to Chief Electoral Officer Awa Loring of Nagaland, were positioned at 738 voting places throughout the region’s six districts.

More than 4 lakh people vote in the six districts. On election day, they chose to stay indoors in support of ENPO. There was no voter turnout in any of the six districts until 1 pm.

Since 2010, the ENPO has called for Frontier Nagaland to become an independent state. It claimed that there has been complete disregard for its territory, which consists of the six districts of Mon, Tuensang, Longleng, Kiphire, Shamatore, and Noklak. The 60-member Nagaland Assembly includes 20 members from the ENPO region.

The ENPO is made up of seven Nagaland tribal organizations.

In six districts, the ENPO, which wants to split off Nagaland into its own state, proclaimed a “public emergency” and said no political party would be permitted to run for office in the Lok Sabha elections.

The ENPO had proclaimed a “public emergency” in six districts before the polls, announcing that no political party would be permitted to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.

“In view of the Government of India delaying to settle the offer for the creation of Frontier Nagaland Territory (FNT) through the Ministry of Home Affairs, the tribal bodies and frontal organizations hereby declare a public emergency all over Eastern Nagaland with immediate effect,” the statement read.

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