The Election Commission of India announced dates for the Assembly elections to Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland legislatures on 18 January 2018. The three northeast states are among eight in the country that go to polls in 2018. Tripura will vote on February 18, while Meghalaya and Nagaland go to polls on February 27. The counting of votes for all states will be conducted on March 3, and the results will be declared on the same day.
Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines will be deployed in the three states along with EVMs for the first time for the polls, Chief Election Commission A K Joti said, while addressing a press conference in New Delhi. The Assembly terms of Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura end on March 6, March 13 and March 14, 2018 respectively. The strength of the three Houses is 60 members each.
The Meghalaya Assembly is currently led by the Congress, which won 29 seats in the previous election. The election in Meghalaya is significant for the Congress party, as it is one of the few states under its rule. The Naga People’s Front is at the helm of the 60-member Nagaland Assembly. The BJP won four seats while the JD(U) bagged one in the last election.