Tripura to vote on 18th February; Meghalaya & Nagaland on 27th February

Congress Confident of Victory in Tripura Nagaland & Meghalaya

Meghalaya Assembly's tenure ends on 06th March this year while it would be 13th March and 14th March respectively for the completion of Assembly tenures in Nagaland and Tripura.

Talking to reporters here, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said,"the leaders and workers of the Congress are looking forward to the assembly elections in the three states in the north east".

In Tripura, filing of nomination will open on January 24 and the last day for this will be January 31.

Meanwhile, a two-member Election Commission (EC) team led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain arrived here on Thursday on a three-day visit. The nominations can be filed till January 31. "The month-long gap between the announcement of poll schedule (January 18) and polling day (February 27) is good enough". The last date for withdrawal of candidature is February 12, Joti said at a press conference.

The Congress, battling internal rebellion by MLAs in Meghalaya, is in power with Mukul Sangma as the chief minister. The Nagaland People's Front is in power in Nagaland. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also a partner of the DAN.

In Tripura, the Left is in power for five terms with Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on the drivers seat for four consecutive terms. Observers point out that CPI-M, which is in power in Tripura (besides Kerala), may find it hard to keep the Congress and the BJP at bay.

He said electronic voting machines and VVPATs (voter verifiable paper audit trail) will be used in all the three states to enhance transparency and credibility of the election process.

The paper trail units from one polling station in each Assembly constituency will be selected randomly for counting of paper slips to verify the results.

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