The Election Commission on Thursday announced the poll shcedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections on Thursday. The assembly elections in will be held on 18 February, voters in Meghalaya and Nagaland will elect their representatives on 27 February. The counting will take place on 3 March.
Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti said that Electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter-verifiable paper trail (VVPAT) will be used in all three states.
With this announcement, the model code of conduct has kicked in with immediate effect. The term of these assemblies will end 6,13 and 14 March respectively. The strength of the three assemblies is 60 members each.
Meghalaya has a Congress government while Tripura has had a communist government of Manik Sarkar, who has been the chief minister of the state since 1998.
BJP has set its eyes on the north-east and was instrumental in causing huge defections from the Congress and other parties in Meghalaya recently.