The term of the Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura assemblies is ending on March 6, March 13 and March 14 respectively. The three assemblies have 60 members each.
The BJP is trying to make inroads in these three states while the Congress and the Left are seeking to retain their foothold.
The notification for Tripura will be issued on January 24, beginning the process of filing of nominations. January 31 will be the last date for filing papers. The scrutiny will take place on February 1 and February 3 will be the last date for withdrawal from the electoral battle.
For Meghalaya and Nagaland, the poll notification will be out on January 31, while the last date for filing nominations will be February 7. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is February 12, Joti said at a press conference.
A total of 25,69,216 people are entitled to vote in Tripura, 11,89,264 in Nagaland and 18,30,104 in Meghalaya.
The Congress, battling internal rebellion by MLAs in Meghalaya, is in power with Mukul Sangma as the chief minister. After losing Assam to the BJP, retaining Meghalaya is crucial for the party.
The Naga Peoples Front rules Nagaland under the chief ministership of T R Zeliang.
In Tripura, the Left is in power for five terms with Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on the drivers seat for four consecutive terms.
Besides Kerala, Tripura is the only state where CPI-M led front is in power. Sarkar will have to come over anti- incumbency as the BJP and the Trinamool Congress are eyeing power in the state bordering Bangladesh.
Like Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, paper trail machines will be used along with EVMs in all polling stations of each assembly constituency of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura to enhance the transparency and credibility of the elections.
Paper trail machines from one polling station in each assembly constituency will be randomly selected to count paper slips for verification of the result obtained from the control unit. PTI
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