2018 Nagaland Legislative Assembly election
All 60 seats in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly
31 seats needed for a majority
The Nagaland Legislative Assembly election, 2018 was held on 27 February 2018 in 59 out of 60 constituencies of the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland. The scheduled election in Northern Angami II constituency did not take place as only incumbent MLA Neiphiu Rio was nominated and was therefore declared elected unopposed. The counting of votes took place on 3 March 2018.
The tenure of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly ends on 13 March 2018. On 22 Jan 2018, former CM KL Chishi joined the BJP along with 12 other leaders and former lawmakers, including former Independent legislator Jacob Zhimomi, at an event in Dimapur.
11 parties issued a statement calling for the postponement of the polls.
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and the ruling Naga Peoples' Front dissolved their electoral alliance prior to the election. The BJP instead chose to form an alliance with the newly formed Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, led by former CM Neiphiu Rio.
The dates of the election were announced on 18 January 2018.
|Date for nominations||31 Jan 2018||Wednesday|
|Last date for filing nominations||7 Feb 2018||Wednesday|
|Date for scrutiny of nominations||8 Feb 2018||Thursday|
|Last date for withdrawal of candidatures||12 Feb 2018||Monday|
|Date of poll||27 Feb 2018||Tuesday|
|Date of counting||3 Mar 2018||Saturday|
|Date before which the election shall be completed||5 Mar 2018||Monday|
|Polling firm||Date published|
|JanKiBaat-NewsX||27 January 2018||27-32||20-25||0-2||5-7|
|CVoter||27 January 2018||25-31||19-25||0-4||6-10|
9 parties registered to contest the election, as well as a further 11 independent candidates. Lok Sabha MP and former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party was declared elected uncontested in the Northern Angami II constituency after no other candidate was nominated against him.
|Parties and coalitions||Popular vote||Seats|
|Nagaland People's Front (NPF)||389,912||38.8||58||26||12|
|Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP)||253,090||25.2||40||18||18|
|Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)||153,864||15.3||20||12||11|
|National People's Party (NPP)||69,506||6.9||25||2||2|
|Janata Dal (United) (JD(U))||45,089||4.5||13||1|
|Indian National Congress (INC)||20,752||2.1||18||0||8|
|Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)||10,693||1.1||6||0||4|
|Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)||7,491||0.7||3||0|
|Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)||2,765||0.3||2||0|
|None of the above (NOTA)|
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