| Chief minister Neiphiu Rio files his nomination in Kohima on Monday. Telegraph picture |
Kohima, Feb. 4: Several top leaders of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), including chief minister Neiphiu Rio and Speaker Kiyanielie Peseyie filed their nominations today.
Rio and the Speaker filed their papers before Kohima deputy commissioner W. Hongje Konyak, who is also the district’s returning officer, along with five other NPF candidates — Vikho-o Yhoshu (Southern Angami-I constituency), R. Khing (Tseminyu), Kropal Vitsu (Southern Angami-I), Nicky Kire (Kohima town) and Khriehu Liezietsu, (Northern Angami-I). While Rio’s constituency is Northern Angami-II, Peseyie is vying for the Western Angami seat.
In Dimapur, all five NPF candidates — Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi (Ghaspani-I), Zhaleo Rio (Ghaspani-II), Tovihoto Ayemi (Dimapur-I), Lipok Ao (Dimapur-II) and Azheto Zhimomi (Dimapur-III) — filed their nominations before the returning officer and deputy commissioner, Hushili Sema.
Reports of NPF candidates filing their nominations are also coming in from other districts.
Senior BJP leader T.A. Ngulie filed his nomination at Wokha, while sources said top Congress leaders would be filing their nominations tomorrow. Former PCC president K.V. Pusa (Southern Angami-II) will file his nomination at Kohima, PCC president S.I. Jamir and CLP leader Tokheho Yepthomi at Dimapur, while former CLP leader I. Imkong will file his papers at Mokokchung.
The Congress is yet to declare the final list of candidates and its manifesto. Sources said the party was still working on the manifesto.
The election process in the state is, however, yet to gain momentum. So far, there have been no reports of election-related incidents from any part of the state, where at least 39 companies of paramilitary forces have arrived to ensure secure polls.