Nagaland Polls: Nomination of 227 candidates cleared

253 including 5 women candidates file nominations on last day

All local political parties in the state said they will boycott the polls as a show of support to tribal bodies and groups, who have been demanding that elections be held only after the Naga peace talks with the government.

Aier further informed that the nomination papers of 29 candidates were found invalid while scrutiny of one candidate from under 33-Suruhoto Assembly Constituency was adjourned to February 10.

Three Congress candidates failed to file papers-Shami Angh, former MLA from Longleng; Hovito Kiba from Zunheboto; and Choakpba Konyak from Tobu.

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NPF leader and Nagaland Home Minister Kuzholuzo Nienu said BJP could win 3 to six seats and NDPP might win 8 seats at the most in the forthcoming general elections, and exuded confidence that NPF by itself could win more than 30 seats. Both Rio brothers will be contesting on NDPP tickets. As the state goes for polls on February 27, the affidavits of each public representative is out in the open for all to see. But the returning officer at Peren, the headquarters of Peren district in Nagaland, said the complaint against the Chief Minister was for the court to decide and not the Election Commission. While retired chief secretary, Alemtemshi Jamir will be contesting from Mongoya and Angetyongpang constituencies as an NDPP candidate, his younger brother and retired director Rural Development department, Metsubo Jamir will be entering the fray for the first time from Mokokchung town as an NPP candidate.

"Out of the total of 19 nominations filed by BJP candidates, the party could win between 3 to 6 seats".

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