From our Correspondent
HOWRAGHAT, April 2: With the rest of other constituencies in the State, the first phase State Assembly polls passed off peacefully in Karbi Anglong. Polling was peaceful in all the four constituencies in the hill district. Despite threat from militant organizations, people came out in large number to cast their votes. The voter turnout in the district was 68 per cent – the break-up being Diphu -66 per cent, Howraghat – 68 per cent, Bokajan -73 per cent and Baithalangso – 67 per cent.
It was fifteen years back the last time that members of the Karbi Longri NC Hills National Liberation Front (KLNLF) had participated in elections in Karbi Anglong district. According to reports received, altogether 87 cadres of two separate designated camps of the outfit exercised their franchise for the first time in 15 years in the State Assembly elections.
As per directive of the Election Commission of India, the KLNLF militants staying in designated camps had been provided facility to cast their votes. The Assam Election Commission had notified that the ex-militants lodged in the designated camps in Assam and having their names in the electoral rolls would be entitled to vote through postal ballots. Accordingly, altogether 41 KLNLF cadres of the two designated camps exercised their votes.