Tripura goes to polls on February 18 while Meghalaya and Nagaland will be holding their round of elections on February 27. The three Northeastern states of Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura are the first in the race for Assembly elections in 2018. While these three elections will be held in two phases, the results will be released on March 3 for all the three states. For the first time these elections would be closely followed as a critical precursor to the 2019 national elections and subsequent government formation. Another first in these elections will be the use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).
Although the clamour for deferment of elections by civil societies in Nagaland on the plea that decades long Naga political issue be settled before conduct of elections remain, it appears very clear that the central government as well as the Election Commission of India will go ahead with this crucial constitutional exercise as per schedule.
Already Election officials have been deployed in all the states and preparation are going on full swing to ensure that the Assembly elections in these three states are held without interruption.