State Election Commission (SEC) after scrutiny has accepted the nominations papers of 535 candidates for elections to the Municipal/Town councils slated to be held on February 1, 2017.
Nomination papers of four candidates were rejected-- two for Dimapur Municipal Council, one each for Peren and Zunheboto town council polls.
According to the SEC’s report, 549 candidates which included standby from NPF, BJP, Congress and Independent filed nomination papers out of which 535 was found valid.
Filing of nominations to municipal/town council election was conducted from January 3-7, but with stiff opposition from Naga tribal bodies in boycotting the filing of nomination by taking to the streets, the authorities extended the date of submitting papers to January 9.
However, on the extended date (January 9), no nominations could take place in six municipal/town councils- Kohima Municipal council, Mokokchung Municipal Council and Tuensang Town Council, Mon Town Council, Medziphema Town Council and Changtongya Town Council, as tribal bodies imposed total bandh in three districts- Kohima, Mokokchung and Tuensang and in Medziphema to prevent candidates from filing nominations.
Meanwhile, SEC has given three days time to the rejected candidates to clarify to the appellate authority. Their nomination papers would only be accepted after their clarification was found valid, SEC said. Also no candidates have withdrawn their nomination papers on the first day of the withdrawal.
The last date of withdrawal of nominations papers is January 17.