Kohima: Following the announcement of the by-election scheduled to fill a casual vacancy in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) from 51-Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency (AC) in Tuensang district, the State Level Appellate Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) has been constituted comprising of six members.

The committee is headed by Abhijit Sinha, IAS, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) as chairman; Ruokuovituo Khezhie, Joint CEO as member secretary; Z Tokishe Sema, director of Information & Public Relations (IPR), K Sonikumar Singh, Assistant Director of Press Information Bureau (PIB) Kohima, Alice Yhoshu, journalist and President of Kohima Press Club (KPC), and one unnamed observer appointed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) as members.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ECI announced the date for the by-election to the Noksen AC to be held on April 17. It notified that the date for issue of gazette notification is on March 23, the last date of nominations is on March 30, scrutiny of nominations is on March 31, the last date of withdrawal of candidature is on May 2, and the votes to be counted on May 2.

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The scheduled by-poll is to be completed by May 4. The 51-Noksen Assembly constituency was left vacant after the demise of Minister CM Chang on October 12 last year. As per the Commission, the poll program schedule was made taking into consideration various factors like local festivals, electoral rolls, weather conditions, movement of forces and the pandemic.

The MCMC will decide an appeal from both district and additional CEO Committees on Certification of advertisement and examine all cases of paid news on appeal against the decision of District MCMC or cases taken up suo motu, in which case it shall direct the concerned ROs to issue notices to the candidates.

Meanwhile, the model code of conduct (MCC) is already in force in the Tuensang district.

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