As Tokheho Yepthomi of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and C Apok Jamir of the Naga People's Front (NPF) did not withdraw nomination till the expiry of the official time last evening, only these two candidates were in fray, Patton told PTI yesterday.
Rio, who is now the chief minister, had won unopposed from the Northern Angami-II seat in Kohima district.
Veteran politician Yepthomi is also the consensus candidate of the partners in the Peoples Democratic Alliance (PDA) government.
At a meeting with the candidates yesterday, the returning officer urged them and the respective political parties to strictly adhere to the Model Code of Conduct, which has been in force since the announcement of the polls on April 26 last.
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