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218 candidates in fray for Nagaland polls

The aspirants represent 12 political parties as well as Independents vying for the 60 assembly seats in the state.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2008 13:28 IST

A total of 218 candidates are in the fray for the March five assembly election in Nagaland, Chief Electoral Officer CJ Panraj said on February 22.

Prominent leaders seeking re-elections include two former chief ministers Neiphiu Rio (NPF) and KL Chishi (Congress). CLP leader I Imkong is seeking re-election from Jamgpetkong constituency in Mokokchung district against NPF candidate Dr I Longri.

The aspirants represent 12 political parties as well as Independents vying for the 60 assembly seats in the state.

While Congress is fighting for 60 assembly seats, NPF will contest 56, BJP-23, RJD-25, NCP-8, JD(U)-3, JD(S)-4, LJP-3 and Independents-33.

The CEO said as Electronic Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) could be issued only to 43 per cent of the voters, the Election Commission had allowed the electorate to use any of the nine other documents as identity proof.