Announcing the Assembly election schedule for three north-eastern States and by-election schedule for seven States on Friday, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said the Commission would set up 3,018 polling stations in Tripura, 2,485 in Meghalaya and 2,023 polling stations in Nagaland.
For the poll in Tripura, the notification would be issued on January 21 and the last date for filing of nomination is January 28. Scrutiny will be on January 29.
The last date for withdrawal of candidatures would be January 31.
For the polls in Meghalaya and Nagaland and the seven States having by-elections, the notification would be issued on January 30 and the last date for filing papers is February 6. Scrutiny will be on February 7.
The last date for withdrawal of candidatures would be February 9.
Mr. Sampath added that the poll would be held between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the three NE States having regular elections and between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in those having by-polls.
The CEC made it clear that the enforcement of model code would in no way prevent the regular business of the Legislative Assemblies/parliament (including presentation of railway/general budgets).
While the Left parties presently rule the Mani Sarkar-led Tripura government, in Nagaland, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of National People’s Front, is leading the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government backed by the BJP and the JDU. In Meghalaya, Mukul Sangma leads the Congress government.