Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Assembly Elections: Counting of votes in 3 North Eastern states on Sunday

Assembly Elections: Counting of votes in 3 North Eastern states on Sunday

Furthermore, the state police, paramilitary forces and Tripura State Rifles are on vigil across the state in a bid to ensure smooth counting of votes.

Tripura went to polls on February 18 and elections were held in Nagaland and Meghalaya on February 27. Meanwhile, the BJP has emerged as a strong contender in all the three states and two exit polls have predicted that the party would dethrone the 25-year-old Left Front government in Tripura and consolidate its position in Nagaland and Meghalaya. While others are likely to grab 2-6 seats. 75 per cent voter turnout in Nagaland polls Nagaland recorded around 75 per cent voter turnout in the Assembly elections on February 27 amid sporadic violence, which led to the death of a person in Zunheboto district. For the first time, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma is contesting from two seats.

The alliance between the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the BJP is projected to get 38.4 per cent of all votes and 25 to 31 Assembly seats.

Counting of votes for all three elections will be held on March 3.

The ruling CPI-M has fielded 56 candidates, leaving one seat each to its Left Front partners - the Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party. Nagaland CEO Abhijit Sinha said adequate security measures have been made in all counting halls.

The BJP, which is resolutely trying to make a "Congress-mukt Bharat", is eyeing both Meghalaya and Mizoram that will go to polls by the end of the year.

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A complex ethnic divide with a plethora of parties has led the state to deep uncertainties with regard to the electoral outcome in all the Assembly elections, including this one.

The agency predicted that the BJP alliance would win in 24 to 32 seats with a vote share of 42.8 per cent.

From that perspective, the best way to interpret the Tripura exit poll results by the three agencies is to identify the "consensus view", which in this case is the fact that the polls are a two-cornered contest between the Left Front and the BJP-IPFT alliance, and that it is likely to be a rather close contest between the two alliances. The Congress has fielded 59 candidates, while the BJP put up nominees in 47 constituencies.

We've seen cases of parties getting over 40% votes and ending up with a handful of seats, and other cases of similar vote share leading to a landslide win.

C-Voter believes that the NPP will get 17-23, Congress will be winning 13-19 seats while the regional alliance of UDP-HSDP is excepted to win 8-12.BJP is expected to win 4-8 and Others 5-9.

The voting in the state was held in 59 of the total 60 constituencies as three-time Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDDP) has been declared elected unopposed from Northern Angami-II constituency.

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