The ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) accused Neiphiu Rio, chief ministerial candidate of newly-floated NDPP, of trying to restrain its candidate from filing nomination papers today, the last day to do so. The Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha said authorities were taking time to compile a final, party-wise list owing to the last-minute rush.
The 60-member assembly is scheduled to go to polls on February 27, while the results are to be declared on March 3. Meanwhile, irked at not having been given party ticket, the president of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI), Nagaland unit, S Alfred has reportedly resigned from his post and filed his nomination papers as an independent candidate from Ghaspani-II assembly constituency.
"A total of 443 candidates have filed nomination papers for the 60 assembly constituencies".
Chief Minister T R Zeliang has filed his papers from 7-Peren constituency, Mr Rio from 11-Northern Angami-I A/C and former chief minister K L Chishi from 32-Atoizu seat.
Our correspondent reports that several heavyweight candidates including from Congress, UDP and BJP have their nominations.
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The highest nominations are made under Mokokchung district with 48 candidates.
Filing of nominations ended yesterday.
Scrutiny of nomination papers of the 257 candidates, including five women, from nine political parties and Independents was carried out on Thursday, he said.
The CCNTHCO had sought the support of political parties to its call for a solution to the protracted Naga political issue first.