Naga issue and dubious voters in Tripura delaying poll announcement

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The pending peace settlement in Nagaland and the issue of alleged dubious voters in Tripura is delaying the announcement of poll dates for the three Northeastern states, including Meghalaya. The problem in Nagaland is that the State Government wants peace settlement with insurgent groups prior to holding the polls. Even tribal hohos and civil society organizations favour solution before election. The Naga Hoho (NH) has even called for boycott of the general election if the Election Commission announces the poll before solution. On the situation in Tripura, media reports said the Election Commission of India had rushedofficials to Tripura to check the electoral rolls after the issue of dubious voters was flagged by political parties and the state media. Earlier, BJP had complained to the Election Commission about the inaccuracy in voters’ list. Before publishing the final electoral rolls, names of as many as 34,845 dubious voters were deleted in Tripura. One of the assistant election commissioners will reach Tripura on January 18 to assess the purification of electoral rolls following which the Commission will declare the poll date. Earlier, the Election Commission had on January 11 declared.

the date for the 2013 Assembly polls for three northeastern states. Compared to Nagaland and Tripura, Meghalaya is free from any trouble but it has to wait for the problems of other two states to be settled before the Election Commission announces the date. The expiry of the Assemblies in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura is on March 6, 13 and 14, respectively.