Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018: 227 nominations out of 257 valid, says chief election officer
The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Nagaland, Abhijit Sinha on Thursday said 227 nominations filed out of 257 for the February 27 Assembly polls have been found to be valid.
Scrutiny of nomination papers of the 257 candidates, including five women, from nine political parties and Independents was carried out today, he said.
The exercise was conducted under strict security arrangements across 53 offices of Returning Officers across the state, the CEO said.
A total of 231 candidates had filed their nomination papers in the 2013 polls.
Earlier, on On January 29, 11 political parties in the state signed a joined a declaration on January 29 to not contest the elections.
The core committee of civil organisations and tribal bodies and also the Naga insurgent groups had declared that anyone contesting the elections would be branded ‘anti-Naga’.
However, the lukewarm response to the state-wide bandh called by the Core Committee of the Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHC), meant that the electoral process remained on track. Hearing about the filing of nominations, CCNTHCO held close-door meeting in Kohima with representatives of political parties.
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