From Our Correspondent, TNT News | Kohima, Feb 07, 2018:
A total of 253 candidates filed their nomination papers for the ensuing Assembly Polls in Nagaland.
Amongst the prominent candidates who filed their nominations today include NPF heavyweight and Chief Minister TR Zeliang, who will be contesting the election from 7-Peren constituency.
On Tuesday, 22 candidates finally broke their silence and took part in the poll process by filing their nominations, some of whom included Lone Lok Sabha MP, Neiphiu Rio.
According to state Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha, 253 candidates including substitute candidates from different political parties filed their nomination papers for the February 27 Nagaland Assembly Election.
There are five women candidates- Rekha Rose (Ind) from A/C Chizami, Awan Konyak (NDPP) from A/C Aboi, Rakhila (BJP) from A/C Tuensang Sadar-11, Wedie-u Kronu (NPP) from A/C Dimapur –III and (Dr) K Mangyangpula (NPP) from A/C Noksen.
Various political parties who filed their nomination includes NPF, NDPP, NPP, BLP, INC, JD(U), LJP, NCP, AAP and Independent Substitute candidates are expected to withdraw nomination by the last day of withdrawal — Feb 12.
It was informed that the highest nominations is under Mokokchung district with 48 candidates.
Meanwhile, Press Secretary to CM, Azeu Namcyn Hau has expressed confidence that the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) will again sit in the house of power. “We will form the next Government again, a very stable Government. Development and Progress of the State and Solution to the Naga Political Issue will be our top priority,” Hau said.
Scrutiny of nomination papers will be conducted tomorrow (Feb 8), Withdrawal of Nomination: February 12, Polling Date: February 27 and Counting of Votes Date: March 3.