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Nagaland polls on schedule: HM

NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI, JAN 11 (AGENCIES)
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Published on 12 Jan. 2018 12:09 AM IST
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Assembly elections in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura are due in February-March and an announcement in this regard is expected early next month.
The assembly election in Nagaland will be held on schedule, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday amidst a demand by the state’s civil society groups for deferring the polls to facilitate a solution to the vexed Naga insurgency issue. This was conveyed by the Rajnath to Nagaland chief minister, T.R. Zeliang when the latter met him here Wednesday.
“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,” the office of the Home minister tweeted.
During the meeting, the chief minister also gave some suggestions to the Home minister for a solution to the vexed Naga issue.
“HM told him that the negotiations of various Naga groups with the interlocutor will continue,” another tweet said.
However, on Wednesday, Nagaland chief minister, T.R. Zeliang’s office issued a statement stating that the Union Home minister Rajnath had assured Zeliang that he would convene a meeting on the demand of the Naga people and convey the outcome of the meeting to Nagaland government.
Zeliang had briefed Rajnath about the ‘desire’ by various civil society organisation and church leaders in Nagaland for “Solution before Election”.
The chief minister’s office said, “Zeliang also pointed out that the government of India was engaged with different Naga political groups- NSCN (I-M) and Working Committee of the Naga National Political Groups for early solution and that it was the desire of the Naga people for solution to arrive before the ensuing election.”
In support of the demand, the chief minister submitted the resolution adopted by Nagaland Legislators Forum and parliamentarians and ex-parliamentarians on December 7, 2017, along with a copy of Nagaland legislative assembly resolution.
Various civil society groups, including legislators, had appealed to the Centre to defer elections demanding “solution and not election.”
Assembly elections in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura are due in February-March and an announcement in this regard is expected early next month.
EC may announce poll dates today
Election Commission of India is expected to announce on Friday dates for ensuing assembly elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. 
According to reports, the full team of the Election Commission had already visited the three states to make a final assessment.
Reports quoted an official source as saying that the Election Commission was likely to make a formal announcement on January 12, 2018.
EC publishes final e-rolls 
Amid demand in Nagaland for postponing the assembly elections due next month until the centre announces Naga solution, Election Commission of India published the final electoral rolls that showed a decrease in the number of voters from that in 2013 election following some intensive cleansing of the rolls.
According to TNN, 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. “The decrease is due to our cleansing of mostly multiple entries in the electoral rolls,” Sinha said. He said that 6,00,536 are male voters and female voters are 5,88,728.

 
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