Polls in three north-east States likely to be held in February

New Delhi, Jan 12 (TruthDive): Announcing the agenda of assembly polls in three north-east states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, apart from by-elections to nine assembly seats in seven states, the Election Commission proclaimed that elections in Tripura will take place on February 14, in Meghalaya and in Nagaland it is likely to be held on February 23.

Polling will take place in the nine bye-elections on February 24 and results will be declared for all on February 28, said the EC.

The Election Commission in a statement stated that the model code of conduct is expected to be in process with the declaration of the poll schedule.

Use of electronic voting machines will be in action in the three north-eastern states besides the by-elections in the seven states, acknowledged the Election Commission, who also added that notice will be issued regarding elections for Tripura on January 21 for Meghalaya and Nagaland on January 30.

Sources said the Congress party will be looking forward for a win in Nagaland and Meghalaya and emphasize its identification as the only majority party to come out with flying colours.

While announcing by-polls to nine assembly seats all over the country, the EC also proclaimed February 23 to be the poll date for one assembly seat in Mizoram, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh. Three assembly seats in West Bengal will also be held on the same date of February 23, said the EC.

The poll notification for Tripura will most likely be declared on January 21, and for Meghalaya and Nagaland on January 30, said the EC who also added that assembly polls and by-polls will be concluded before March 3.

Welcoming the announcement on poll schedule, political parties admitted that holding elections to the 60-seat Tripura assembly in February, is indeed a good news  as the Congress had been attempting to bring  President’s rule in the state, said Gautam Das, Tripura’s ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) spokesperson.

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