Tripura polls on Feb 18; Nagaland & Meghalaya on Feb 27

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti flanked by Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and O P Rawat announces the schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections, at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti flanked by Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and O P Rawat announces the schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections, at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo

The Election Commission on Thursday announced dates for the upcoming assembly elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland.

Tripura will poll on February 18. And Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to polls on February 27. Counting in all the three states will be held on March 3.

“The Model Code of Conduct comes into effect from today,” Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said on Thursday afternoon in the press conference in Delhi.

The term of the Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura legislative assemblies is ending on March 6, March 13 and March 14 respectively.

All three state assemblies have 60 constituencies each.

“EVM and VVPAT will be used in all three states, first level checks have been completed,” he added.

Date of issue of notification in Tripura will be January 24, while the date of issue of nomination for Meghalaya and Nagaland will be January 31.

In Tripura, the BJP is trying to make further inroads in the north east. Left Front is in power in Tripura since 1993 with chief minister Manik Sarkar at the helm who is serving his fourth term.

While the Congress is ruling in Meghalaya under Mukul Sangma.

In Nagaland, The Naga People’s Front holds fort with BJP’s support under the leadership of TR Zeliang.

Earlier this month, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had clarified that the assembly polls in Nagaland will be held on schedule after some civil society groups demanded postponement of the election to help find a solution to the insurgency problem in the state.

(With inputs from agencies)