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155 file nominations for civic polls

Staff Reporter/Correspondents Dimapur/KOHIMA/Wokha, JAN 5 (NPN)
Published on 6 Jan. 2017 12:34 AM IST
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Except for the districts of Kohima, Zunheboto, Kiphire and Tuensang which recorded ‘nil nomination’; several candidates filed their nominations in the remaining eight districts, for the respective municipal and town council polls. As many as 155 candidates including 40 women, mostly from ruling NPF party, have filed nominations till January 5.
According to a report received here this evening from the state election commission, two independent candidates filed nominations for Shamator Town council for the 11 wards, while nine candidates filed nominations as NPF candidates for the nine wards in Tizit Town Council.
Six NPF candidates including two women filed nominations for Jalukie town council while one from NPF filed for Peren town council which has nine wards each. Three candidates also filed nominations today for Longleng Town Council of which one was from NPF and two independent. Longleng has 11 wards. Four independent candidates filed nominations for Phek Town Council and which brought the total to 17 candidates for the 11 wards. Ten were from the NPF party and seven Independents.
APO:Meanwhile Angami Public Organization (APO) has erected a banner with a message that reads “The hard earned achievement of the Nagas cannot be exchanged for monetary gains” at the Y Junction, route to the state election commission/DC office. Another two banners has been erected at the entrance gate of the Deputy Commissioner’s office that reads “All are equal, reservation for a particular gender is unknown to Nagas, No to 33% reservation” and an appealing message to the JACWR of NMA to stop playing with the life and future of Nagas. Meanwhile Lotha Lower Range People Organization (LLPRO) has convened a consultative meeting with the Bhandari Town Lotha Hoho, student bodies and all registered political parties as per the directive of the Lotha Hoho at the residence of the president, Bhandari Town Lotha Hoho today however NPF party denied to attend the meeting. President, Congress party 40th Bhandari B. Longsithung Odyuo and president, BJP Party 40th A/C Bhandari Nyanmo Odyuo in an open letter addressed to Naga Hoho, CNTC, Lotha Hoho, the BJP and Congress party of 40 A/C Bhandari has appealed the three organizations to take stern action against the candidates who has filed the nominations.
It said the NPF party without attending the meeting called went ahead with the nomination without hesitation against the will of the Nagas. The presidents stated that the meeting resolved to boycott the ULBs civic poll of 33% women reservation and the nomination papers of both the Congress and BJP party candidates ware collected by the LLRPO officials at the will of the parties concerned.
Heeding to the directives of the Lotha Hoho, it has appealed Naga Hoho, CNTC and Lotha Hoho to take stern action against the candidates who has filed the nominations, failing to take action against the defied candidates at the earliest, the party of both Congress and BJP of 40th A/C Bhandari would be compelled to take its own course of action and for which it said the parties will not be held responsible.
Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) with 23 wards, eight being reserved for women, witnessed 24 NPF candidates including eight women file their nominations papers. According to source, in DMC ward no. 22, two candidates were issued NPF tickets.
Also, on January 5, one candidate from NPF party filed nomination for 11 wards in East Dimapur Town Council taking the total to 11.
In Wokha district, for two town councils- 39 candidates filed nomination papers. Out of which, 25 candidates were men and 14 women. For Wokha town council, 12 candidates including five women filed nominations on NPF tickets, 13 BJP (5 women) and five (2 women) on Independent tickets. One of the women candidates filed her nomination papers in general category unreserved ward.
For Bhandari town council, eight NPF party and a lone Independent filed nomination papers.

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