Congress, NPF locked in a close fight in Nagaland

March 8th, 2008 - 3:14 pm ICT by admin  


Kohima, March 8 (IANS) The opposition Congress party and the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) are in a close fight as counting of votes for the 60-member legislature in Nagaland was underway Saturday. According to latest trends available, the Congress party is leading in seven seats followed by the NPF in six seats. An independent and a Rashtriya Janata Dal candidate were leading in two other seats.

Counting of votes was going at a slow pace with trends coming in a trickle. Counting of votes is underway for 57 seats with re-polling going on in some polling centres spread over three constituencies Saturday.

“Votes of the three constituencies where re-polling is on would be taken up for counting later in the day, when the polling ends at 4 p.m.,” an election official said.

An estimated 85 percent of the total 1.3 million voters exercised their franchise in Wednesday’s vote for the 60-member state legislature.

The fight for political supremacy would be between the Congress and the NPF.

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