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Altogether 51 candidates filed their nominations for assembly elections in Nagaland on Friday, on the penultimate day of filing nominations for the 5th March polls. With this the total number of nominations filed for the assembly elections rose to 152. Prominent leaders among those who have filed papers are former Chief Minister and NPF Legislature Party leader Neiphiu Rio, CLP leader I Imkong, former Planning Minister and NPF President Shurhozelie, former Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie (NPF), former Medical minister Dr T M Lotha (BJP) and former Home minister Thenucho (NPF), official sources said. Rio, will seek re-election from his home turf Northern Angami-II assembly segment for the sixth consecutive term while Imkong is seeking re-election from Jamgpetkong seat under Mokokchung district. The last date for filing nominations is 16th February, while the scrutiny will be held on 18th February and date for withdrawal of candidature 20th February. While polling will be held on 5th March, counting of votes will take place on 8th March. Election Commission issues guidelines on use of vehicles Taking exception to complaints about use of government vehicles by several candidates for the 5th March assembly poll in Nagaland, the Election Commission has asked all officials concerned to strictly enforce its guidelines on its use during electioneering. In a fresh order, Chief Electoral Officer C J Ponraj said only private vehicles can be used by the contesting candidates or agents but they must procure registration from respective district election officer (DEO) or any other officers authorised by the DEO furnishing the details of registration number and type of vehicles and the area to be covered. All details of such registered vehicles for campaign should be handed over to the expenditure observers as any vehicle found campaigning without such registration shall be deemed to be unauthorised liable to invite penal provisions under IPC, the circular issued yesterday said. In order to curb any misuse of campaign vehicles for smuggling illegal arms/liquor or other activities, the district administration and the police shall undertake drive for checking vehicles, Ponraj said. The circular said no relaxation can be made to any person with regard to absolute ban on the use of government owned, funded or hired vehicles for any reason other than security. Ponraj asked parties to submit the list of their programmes and policies to his office within seven days from issuance of poll notification under the Representation of People's Act 1951.
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