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After almost two decades, Nagaland sets ULB poll date


The elections will be held on June 26. Filing of nominations is from June 7 to June 11 while the last date for withdrawal will be on June 20. Counting and declaration of the results will be on June 29

By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent

The Nagaland state after almost two decades will witness the elections to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) on June 26 after an administrative approval for the conduct of the same was given by the Nagaland state cabinet.

According to the communique by Nagaland additional secretary, T Nchumbemo Odyuo, and addressed to the State Election Commissioner (SEC) on Friday, the scheduled election programme of the SEC with April 29 as the date of publication and the schedule indicating the number of wards reserved for women in the municipal/town council as per Sections 9 and 21 of the Nagaland Municipal Act 2023.

Filing of nominations is from June 7 to 11 while the last date for withdrawal will be on June 20 with counting and declaration of the results on June 29.

Municipal elections in Nagaland were first held in 2004, and the terms of the civic bodies ended in 2009-10 after which it was pending citing only after the Lok Sabha polls.

Earlier on several occasions, the Nagaland govt had announced to conduct the ULB elections but strong opposition from the tribal bodies and civil society organizations against the 33 percent women reservation, tax on land and properties had held back the polls.

In 2017, the poll was marred with violent protests after the then Naga People’s Front (NPF) government led by former chief minister of Nagaland TR Zeliang initiated the elections process leading to the loss of two innocent lives besides injuring many others while vandalizing and damaging government offices and properties.

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