2023 Assembly elections | Tripura to vote on Feb 16, Meghalaya and Nagaland on Feb 27

Counting of votes for all three States to be held on March 2

Updated - January 20, 2023 01:33 pm IST

Published - January 18, 2023 11:03 am IST

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar addressing a press conference to announce the date of the election of three States Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura, in New Delhi on January 18.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar addressing a press conference to announce the date of the election of three States Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura, in New Delhi on January 18. | Photo Credit: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

The Election Commission of India January 18 announced the schedule for Nagaland, Tripura, and Meghalaya Assembly polls.

Tripura will vote on February 16, Meghalaya and Nagaland will vote on February 27, and the counting for all three States will be held on March 2.

 The term of the three Assemblies is set to end on different dates in March. While Tripura has a BJP government, in Nagaland, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party is in power. Meanwhile, National People's Party, the only party from the North-East to have a national party recognition, runs the government in Meghalaya.

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Here are the latest updates:

4:53 p.m.

By-election Poll Schedule

3:39 p.m.

Factsheet for Tripura

Following is the factsheet for Tripura which is going to the polls on February 16 Total Assembly Seats 60 Current strength 53 BJP - 33 IPFT - 4 CPI(M) 15 Congress - 1 Vacant - 7 Total electors: 28,13,478 Alliance: BJP-IPFT, Congress-CPI(M); TMC and Tripura Motha have till date not announced any alliance with any other parties. -PTI

3:39 p.m.

Factsheet for Meghalaya

Following is the factsheet for Meghalaya Assembly which is going to the polls on February 27.

Total Assembly Seats- 60 Current strength - 42 NPP - 20 UDP - 8 AITC - 8 PDF - 2 BJP - 2 NCP - 1 Independent - 1 Vacant - 18 Prepoll Alliance - None so far Total electors- 21 lakh. -PTI

3:37 p.m.

Factsheet for Nagaland

Following is the factsheet for Nagaland which is going to the polls on February 27.

Total Assembly Seats - 60 Current strength - 59 NDPP - 41 BJP - 12 NPF - 4 Independents - 2 Vacant - 1 NDPP-BJP is the only pre-poll alliance declared so far Total electors - 13,09,651. -PTI

3:15 p.m.

Schedule for polls

Tripura will vote on February 16, Meghalaya and Nagaland will vote on February 27, and the counting for all three States will be held on March 2. 

Tripura will vote on February 16, Meghalaya and Nagaland will vote on February 27, and the counting for all three States will be held on March 2.  | Photo Credit: Photo: Twitter/@SpokespersonECI

3:10 p.m.

Meghalaya, Nagaland to vote on February 27

3:10 p.m.

Tripura will vote on February 16

2:51 p.m.

Permanent ramps in schools will be built where polling will be held

“There will be 31,700 PWD voters. Ramps are being built to help PWD voters,” the CEC said. He also said permanent ramps will be built in these schools, which will help students otherwise suffering from any kind of disability.

Mr. Kumar also added that form 12D will be available for centenarian voters to cast their votes from homes.

Mr. also said a polling station is being set up at the foothills of Mt. Saramati, Nagaland.

2:47 p.m.

375 polling stations will be managed exclusively by women staff

73% of polling stations will be webcast, the CEC said. He added that 375 polling stations will be managed exclusively by women staff.

All polling stations will be accessible, and all stations will have facilities such as drinking water, toilet, and there will be staff to help people with disabilities and all stations will be on ground floors, the CEC said.

2:44 p.m.

2.28 lakh voters added to three States: CEC

“There is no place for violence in a democracy, we are working towards a violence-free election,” says the CEC., adding that 2.28 lakh voters added to these three States.

“We have asked the youth who are due to turn 18 years before the polling date so that we can add them with a welcome kit. As many as 10,000 youth have applied from these three States,” he added.

2:40 p.m.

ECI Conference begins

Chief Election Commissioner says Rajiv Kumar greets the voters of the three North-Eastern States, we will meet often, says the CEC hinting at an election-filled year. Women electors outnumber men in Nagaland, Tripura, and Meghalaya, he adds.

Meghalaya

Mamata to visit poll-bound Meghalaya today

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee will visit Meghalaya on January 18 and hold a public meeting in North Garo Hills district to boost the morale of party functionaries ahead of the Assembly polls due this year.

Ms. Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, had addressed a TMC workers’ convention in the northeastern state last month, besides participating in pre-Christmas celebrations.

She will hold a public meeting at Mendipathar in the district on January 18, the party said on Sunday evening.

“People of Meghalaya want a change (in government). There have been issues between Assam and Meghalaya. There should be a peaceful resolution to the border dispute between the two states,” Ms. Banerjee told reporters at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here before leaving for Alipurduar district in northern West Bengal.-PTI

Agartala

CPI(M), Congress to jointly contest Tripura elections

The CPI(M) and Congress have announced that they will fight the Tripura Assembly elections together, in a major shake-up in the political arena of the northeastern State, where the two parties were considered arch-rivals.

The announcement was made after AICC general secretary Ajoy Kumar held a meeting with CPI(M) State secretary Jitendra Choudhury on January 13. Left Front convener Narayan Kar was also present at the meeting.

"A state Congress team will sit with the CPI(M) state secretary to formulate a strategy and finalise the seat sharing. We will fight together in the assembly elections," Mr. Kumar told reporters. Mr. Choudhury said both the CPI(M) and Congress have started discussions with "an open mind" to fulfill the people's aspirations and defeat the BJP, which has been "destroying the constitutional order" in the State for the past five years.-PTI

Kohima

Over 30,000 first-time voters to participate in forthcoming Nagaland elections: Election Commission

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on January 14 said that over 13.9 lakh electors are registered in Nagaland and over 30,000 first-time voters are set to participate in the forthcoming State Assembly elections.

He informed that 2,315 polling stations will be set up across 60 assembly constituencies and the average voter per polling station will be 566 while the webcasting facility will be available in sixty per cent of the polling stations.

While also stating that, over 13.9 lakh electors are registered in the State and over 30,000 first-time voters are set to participate in the forthcoming elections, he said.

Mr. Kumar said that for the convenience of senior citizens and persons with disabilities, all arrangements are made at the polling stations on the ground floor while a postal ballot facility will also be there for 80 plus years and persons with disabilities voters to vote from their comfort of their homes.-ANI

New Delhi

Election Commission committed to ‘deliver election’ in Nagaland: CEC Rajiv Kumar

 The Election Commission of India (ECI) on January 14 asserted that as mandated by the Constitution it would ‘deliver election’ in Nagaland.

“We will deliver the elections despite whatever calls there are and it doesn’t affect the political process,” said Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar while replying to media queries in presence of Election Commissioners Anup Chandra Pandey and Arun Goel here.

The Naga civil societies have been demanding solution to vexed Naga Political Issue before the conduct of the state election while the Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation have declared not to participate in the election process unless their demand for a separate State composed of the six eastern districts are fulfilled.

The Constitution clearly provides and mandates the ECI that the elected government has to be in place before the end of the term of the present Assembly and if it does not happen, it possesses different kinds of problems, Kumar said.

“ECI is mandated under the Constitution to conduct elections and declare results to put the duly elected government in place before the term of the present Assembly comes to end and we are duty bound to do that,” he said.

The term of the present Nagaland Assembly expires on March 12, the CEC said.- PTI

Agartala

ECI committed to free, fair and inducement-free elections in Tripura: Kumar

The Election Commission of India on January 12 said it is ‘committed and duty bound’ to conduct free, fair, and inducement-free elections in Tripura.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said the ECI has taken all arrangements to allow voters to join the ‘festival of democracy’ and if a voter faces any threat or intimidation on the day of polling, he or she can use cVigil app to inform the election authorities.

“We had an in-depth discussion on the election process with the Chief Secretary, DGP, representatives of political parties, DMs, SPs and enforcement agencies for two days. The election commission is committed and duty bound to conduct free, fair, violence-free and inducement-free election”, Kumar said at a press conference here.- PTI

Shillong

People in villages along disputed border with Assam can vote in upcoming Meghalaya polls: CEC

Registered voters living in villages along the disputed border with Assam can participate in the upcoming assembly elections in Meghalaya, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar said on January 13.

Mr. Kumar led an Election Commission of India (ECI) team in a two-day review of poll preparedness in Meghalaya. The visit concluded during the day.

“People living in villages along the disputed border can participate in the elections despite what has happened. Both sides have held joint meetings and discussions are taking place at the senior level as well. We are alive to the situation and there is nothing to worry,” Mr. Kumar said.

“There is no problem. We have reviewed the situation at our end and district officials from both sides have had detailed meetings,” he said.

The CEC said the commission has instructed 16 central agencies to work in a coordinated manner in expenditure-sensitive constituencies.-PTI

Shillong

Meghalaya’s ruling NPP announces 58 candidates for Assembly polls

 The ruling NPP in Meghalaya on January 12 announced a list of 58 candidates for elections to the 60-member Assembly in the state.

Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma will be fighting the elections from South Tura in West Garo Hills district, while his deputy Prestone Tynsong will contest from Pynursla in East Khasi Hills district.

Industries Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar is the candidate from Nartiang in West Jaintia Hills district and Transport Minister Dasakhiatbha Lamare will fight the elections from Nongkrem in East Khasi Hills district.

Addressing a rally at the Polo Grounds, the chief minister said that several MLAs from different parties have joined the NPP over the last five years, which demonstrates that the it “is growing stronger”.

The NPP has given nomination to at least 10 MLAs who have switched sides ahead of the elections. Among them are former Congress MLAs Ampareen Lyngdoh (Laitumkhrah) and Mohindro Rapsang (West Shillong), former PDF MLA Hamletson Dohling (Mylliem) and former HSPDP MLA Samlin Malngiang (Sohiong).

“These MLAs have not joined NPP for political gains but for the greater cause of serving the people of the state,” Sangma asserted.-PTI

New Delhi

Congress appoints observers for Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland polls; Mukul Wasnik named senior observer

The Congress appointed observers for the upcoming Assembly elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland early next year, with party MP Mukul Wasnik named senior observer for the three States.

The Congress appointed two observers each for the States.

"The Congress president has appointed senior observer and observers for ensuing assembly elections 2023 for the respective states, with immediate effect," the party said in an official communication.

While Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Wasnik has been named senior observer for the elections in the three States, party MP from Kerala Benny Mehnan and former MP JD Seelam have been appointed as observer for the Meghalaya polls.

For Nagaland, former Goa chief minister Francisco Sardinha and K. Jayakumar, both MPs, have been appointed as observers while the Congress' Delhi unit leader Arvinder Singh Lovely and party MP Abdul Khaleque have been named observers for the Tripura polls.

New Delhi

2023 to witness series of Assembly polls, being seen as semifinals to Lok Sabha elections

A series of Assembly polls this year are being considered as semi-finals to the Lok Sabha election slated to be held in the summer of 2024.

The northeastern States of Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya will be the first to have Assembly polls, most likely in February-March. The terms of their respective legislative Assemblies is ending on different dates in March. 

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