Despite the call for election boycott, the mainstream political parties chose to defy the boycott diktat and contested the election as 256 candidates from BJP, Congress, Naga People's Front (NPF), National Democratic Political Party (NDPP), National People's Party (NPP) and few other parties had filed their nomination papers to ensure the polls.
Apart from Mr Zeliang of the ruling Naga People's Front, prominent among those who filed their nominations today included former chief minister KL Chishi of the BJP.
The last day for withdrawal of nomination papers is on February 12 while polling for the 60 Nagaland Assembly constituencies will be held on February 27.
The CEO said that documents of 29 candidates were found to be invalid, while one of them have been adjourned till 10 February.
Five women candidates have filed their nominations from different Assembly segments.
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Restrictions imposed in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Afzal Guru's hanging anniversary
However normal life including business life remained affected in parts of Northern region of Kashmir on Friday on Hurriyat call. Afzal was hanged on February 9, 2013 after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in the 2001 Parliament attack case.
Cloudy today with snow showers north, big warm-up for the weekend
Winds in the single digits will make it feel more like the midteens to the mid-20s, the weather service said. MILDER 8-DAY FORECAST: Most of next week will be in the 40s with some rain chances late next week.
The BJP who is making all efforts to unseat the ruling Congress had fielded in 47 assembly constituencies, while other political parties like the National People's Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Hill State People's Democratic Party, United Democratic Party are also fielding candidates from various constituencies. Rio filed his papers yesterday.
Nominations were received from nine Political Parties and Independent candidates.
The highest nominations are made under Mokokchung district with 48 candidates.
The CCNTHCO had sought the support of political parties to its call for a solution to the protracted Naga political issue first.