A total of 253 candidates including Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang filed nomination papers for elections to the 60-member 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
With just 20 days left for the elections, the last day of filing of nomination papers witnessed the highest number of nominations. Mokokchung district led as the highest with 48 candidates who filed nomination papers for 10 Assembly seats.
The other prominent leaders who file nominations, included former chief minister K L Chishi of the BJP. Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha told reporters that compiling the final list party-wise is taking time because of a last-hour rush.
A scrutiny of nomination papers would be held on Thursday and the last date for withdrawal is February 12.
The ruling NPF is contesting on 59 seats, followed by the newly-floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), led by three-time chief minister Neiphiu Rio on 40 seats.
The BJP has fielded candidates on 20 seats, the Congress on 19, the National Peoples Party (NPP) on 28, the JD(U) on 15, the Nationalist Congress Party on 6, the Aam Aadmi Party on 3, and the Lok Jan Party on 2. There are 17 independent candidates in the fray.
Five women candidates, the highest ever in the state polls, have also filed their nomination papers this time.
Nagaland and Meghalaya elections are scheduled on February 27 and the results will be out on March 3.
|NPF||38||45||Election Date : Feb 27 2018 |
Counting : Mar 03 2018
|Total||60||59 (1 Vacant)|