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Rio elected unopposed, 195 candidates in fray for Nagaland

Press Trust of India  |  Kohima 

Former was declared elected unopposed to the Assembly as his opponent withdrew his nomination today, the last date for withdrawal, of the north-eastern state said.

A total of 195 candidates are in the fray for the February 27 Assembly election, after the withdrawal of nominations, as of the 257 documents submitted by 256 candidates till February 7, 32 withdrew their papers while 29 documents were declared invalid, he added.

Three-time former Neiphiu Rio, who is returning to the state after a gap of almost four years on an NDPP ticket from the Northern Angami-II seat of district, is the only declared uncontested candidate. Rio's opponent, NPF nominee Chupfu-o, withdrew his papers.

The contesting parties for the ensuing election are -- the ruling (NPF) from 58 seats, the from 18, the BJP from 20, the JD(U) from 13, the (NPP) from 25, the NCP from six, the from three, the LJP from two, the newly-floated (NDPP) from 40 seats, while there are 11 Independent candidates.

The Assembly has 60 seats.

Alemtemshi Jamir is the only candidate who will be contesting from two seats -- Angetyongpang and Mongoya -- on NDPP tickets.

Incumbent T R Zeliang is seeking re- election from the Peren seat, which will witness a triangular contest, also featuring Iherie Ndang of the NDPP and

The constituency in district has the highest of seven candidates.

As many as 52 sitting MLAs of the 12th Legislative Assembly (NLA) are seeking re-election.

Five women candidates, the highest in the state polls so far, are also in the fray.

district, with 10 seats, has the highest number of contestants at 35, followed by district (30) and district (29).

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 22:55 IST