NPF confident, Congress seeks support ahead of poll results

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 13:30 hrs

Guwahati, Feb 27 (IANS) After peaceful polling, Nagaland is waiting for the counting of votes Thursday.

State's Joint Chief Electoral Officer N. Moa Aier said the counting would begin at 8 a.m. Thursday at 60 counting halls.

"Adequate security arrangements have been made to ensure there is no untoward situation in any of the halls," he told IANS.

"The elections were peaceful and we hope there is no incident during the counting," he said.

Political parties, meanwhile, are busy making calculations.

While Nagaland Peoples' Front (NPF) -- the main constituent of ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) -- is confident of securing the required majority, the Congress is trying to secure the support of Independents and other parties to form the new government.

The NPF expects to win over 32 seats and the Congress at least 25 seats.

The NPF has a pre-poll alliance with the BJP and JD-U and the strength of DAN in the outgoing assembly is 35.

In the 2008 polls, the NPF won 26 seats on its own while the Congress won 23.

"There was a need for an alternative government in Nagaland and all like-minded legislators must come together to bring in the change," said Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee convener K. Therie.

He accused the NPF of pumping money into the polls.

Therie said the Congress would try to work it out with the NCP and other parties to secure their support once the results were declared.

But NPF secretary Kru Zakie said they were confident of securing the majority.

"We also have the support of our long-time allies BJP and JD-U and some Independents," he said.

A total of 1,193,438 voters, 589,505 of them women, Feb 23 sealed the fates of 188 candidates who contested the elections to the 60-member Nagaland assembly.

A total of 2,600 electronic voting machines were used to conduct the polls in 2,023 polling stations. Re-polling was held at nine polling stations.

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