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EC announces poll schedule for Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | January 14, 2008 19:13 IST
The elections in all the three states will be held in a single phase and electronic voting machines will be used this year. While counting of votes for Tripura and Meghalaya is scheduled to be held on March 7, in Nagaland, the counting will take place a day later.
In Tripura, the notification for the polls will take place on January 3. The last date of nomination will be February 6 and candidature can be withdrawn till February 9.
In Meghalaya, notification will be announced on February 8, last date for filing nomination papers is February 15 and they can be withdrawn till February 18. Scrutiny of papers will take place in Tripura on February 7 and in Meghalaya on February 16.
In Nagaland, the poll notification will take place on February 9, the last date of filing nominations is February 16, scrutiny of papers will be taken up on February 18, and the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is on February 20.
"The model code of conduct comes into force with immediate effect," the CEC told newsmen at a press conference at Nirvachan Sadan on Monday.
Fifty five seats in the Meghalaya assembly are reserved for Schedule Tribes while in Nagaland, 59 seats are reserved for Schedule Tribes. In Tripura, 20 seats out of sixty are reserved for Schedule Tribes and 7 for Scheduled Castes.