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Election Commission may announce poll dates for three northeastern states

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:19 IST

The five-year term of the assemblies in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura, would expire on March 6, March 13, and March 14, respectively.

Election Commission may announce poll dates for three northeastern states
Election Commission has published the final electoral rolls for Nagaland

Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to announce the poll dates for Assembly elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland today.

According to a report by Zee News, the single-phase polling is most likely to be held in the month of February in all the three northeastern states having 60 seats each.

According to data available on the website of the Election Commission of India, the five-year term of the assemblies in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura, would expire on March 6, March 13, and March 14, respectively.

The Congress is in power in Meghalaya while the Left Front has been ruling Tripura since 1993. Nagaland People's Front (NPF), one of the alliance partners of the BJP, is ruling Nagaland.

The development has come amid demands for postponing the Assembly elections until the Center announces Naga solution. However, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already clarified that the elections will be on schedule.

Meanwhile, the election watchdog published the final electoral rolls of Nagaland that showed a decrease in the number of voters from that in 2013 election.

According to Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha the electorate size has reduced following some intensive cleansing of the rolls.

The new rolls published has 11,89,264 voters, lower than the electorate size of 11,92,377 enumerated in 2013.

Nagaland is currently under the NDA umbrella. The ruling NPF is one of the key constituents of the BJP in the North East region. The NPF has been ruling the state since 2003. Both the parties have been contesting the elections separately in the state.

The NPF is facing a 15-year-old anti-incumbency in the state. But, the opposition Congress is not in a position to challenge it.

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