- There is no delay in the Nagaland Assembly Elections, says Home Ministers
- The state groups of Nagaland demanded the postponement in the polls
- These groups seek a solution to Naga insurgency before elections
The three states of Northeast India are all set for the Assembly Elections next month, though the dates are not declared yet the political parties have kick-started their campaigns. Meanwhile, the Home Minister keeping aside all the demands said Nagaland polls will be conducted on time.
CM Zeliang briefs HM
State groups of Nagaland are demanding to defer the elections as they want a solution to the Naga Insurgency and talks on the Naga Peace accord.
On the matter, the Chief Minister of Nagaland briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and sought a solution before the assembly elections. During this conversation, they also discussed the demand raised by the state groups in the state to postpone the elections and impose President’s Rule in the state.
Later this, the Home Minister’s Office(HMO) wrote on Twitter, “the chief minister of Nagaland called on the HM in New Delhi yesterday. He presented to the HM his suggestions for a solution to Naga issue. HM told him that the negotiations of various Naga groups with the interlocutor will continue.”
In the thread, HMO wrote, “HM also told the Nagaland Chief Minister that announcing the dates for assembly elections is the prerogative of the Election Commission and the elections have to be held on schedule. Any reports to the contrary are incorrect.”
EC publishes final e-rolls
Amid demand in Nagaland for postponing the assembly elections due next month until the centre announces Naga solution, EC has published the final electoral rolls of the voters in the state.
The Electoral rolls show a decrease in the number of voters from that in 2013 election following some intensive cleansing of the rolls.
Nagaland chief electoral officer Abhijit Sinha said that the final rolls published has 11,89,264 voters, lower than the electorate size of 11,92,377 enumerated in 2013.
In a statement, Sinha said, “The decrease is due to our cleansing of mostly multiple entries in the electoral rolls.”
He also said that 6,00,536 are male voters and female voters are 5,88,728.