Though it is clear that Chief Minister T R Zeliang would return to power after the polls, Naga people are ready for a delayed election, said Imchen, the state health and family welfare minister. "HM also told the Nagaland chief minister that announcing the dates for assembly elections is the prerogative of the election Commission and the elections have to be held on schedule".
Zeliang is reported to have offered some suggestions for a solution to the Naga issue during the meeting. "HM told him that the negotiations of various Naga groups with the interlocutor will continue", another tweet said. Both the parties have been contesting the elections separately in the state. Zeliang that he will convene a meeting on the demand of the Naga people for a "solution before election" and convey the outcome of the meeting to the Nagaland government.
In support of the demand, the chief minister submitted the resolution adopted by Nagaland Legislators Forum and parliamentarians and ex-parliamentarians on December 7, 2017 along with a copy of Nagaland Legislative Assembly resolution.
The is yet to announce the poll schedule for three northeastern states - Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura - assembly terms of which expire by the second week of March. As per a Zee News report, the polling is expected to be held in February and reports suggest that voting in all the three northeastern states will be conducted in a single-phase.
Reports quoted an official source as saying that the poll watchdog is likely to make a formal announcement on Friday.
Various civil society groups have demanded that a final peace accord be signed with the NSCN-IM before the Assembly elections.
According to TNN, Nagaland chief electoral officer Abhijit Sinha said that the final rolls published has 11,89,264 voters, lower than the electorate size of 11,92,377 enumerated in 2013. He said that 6,00,536 are male voters and female voters are 5,88,728.