A total of 183 candidates, including four women candidates, from 12 political parties and independent candidates are in the fray for Nagaland Assembly elections 2023.
On Friday, Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland V Shashank Shekhar told the media that of the 200 contesting candidates, a total of 16 candidates withdrew their candidature while one candidate has been declared uncontested. BJP candidate of 31-Akuluto Assembly Constituency Kazheto Kinimi was elected unopposed after the withdrawal of candidature by his lone opponent Khekashe Sumi (Congress) on Friday.
Among the 12 political parties contesting in the ensuing elections, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) is contesting 40 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded 20 candidates, Naga People’s Front (NPF) has fielded 22 candidates, Congress has fielded 23 candidates, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) fielded 12, Naga People's Party (NPP) has fielded 12, LJP( Ram Vilas) fielded 15, Republican Party of India (Athawale) has fielded nine, Janata Dal-United JD(U) has fielded seven, Rashtriya Janata Dal fielded three, Rising People’s Party and CPI have fielded one candidate each.
Nineteen Independents candidates will be contesting in the state Assembly elections slated to be held on February 27. Counting of votes will be conducted on March 2. The term of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly will end on March 12.