Nagaland governor PB Acharya declares civic polls null and void

The official declaration was made on Thursday by the State Election Commission (SEC) after the assent of the Governor.

Nagaland governor PB Acharya declares civic polls null and void

After much hue and cry in Nagaland over women's quota in local bodies polls, Nagaland Governor P B Acharya Thursday declared the entire process of elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the state as null and void.

The polls were bitterly opposed by Naga tribal groups. Press Trust of India reported that State Election Commissioner Sentiyanger Imchen, in a notification, said following the Governor’s decision the election programme for the ULBs, notified on December 21 last year, is now null and void.


The state cabinet, on February 2, decided to declare the election process null and void, which is also a demand of the Naga tribal groups. The official declaration was made on Thursday by the State Election Commission (SEC) after the assent of the Governor.

The ULB election, which provided for 33 per cent reservation for women, was opposed tooth and nail by Naga tribals groups. It led to violence in which two persons were allegedly killed in police firing outside the private residence of Chief Minister T R Zeliang in Dimapur on January 31, on the eve of polling day.

In the violence, two persons were allegedly killed in police firing outside the private residence of Chief Minister T R Zeliang in Dimapur on January 31, on the eve of polling day.

Even though Governor has announced that the local bodies polls were null and void, statewide protest demanding the resignation of Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang continued.

Irate protesters have been disturbing functioning of government offices and preventing government vehicles to ply on the roads. They have been demanding the CM's resignation following the death of the two protesters.