The Nagaland Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Wednesday released a report on the particulars of the 193 candidates contesting the Nagaland Legislative Assembly election 2018.


The report basically is an analysis of criminal background, financial, education, gender and other details of candidates contesting for the 2018 general assembly elections.


Addressing media persons at D’Cafe, Kohima, Hekani Jakhalu, State Coordinator, NEW highlighted some of the major findings of the analysis. All the information in the analysis report has been taken from the website of the Election Commission of India.


According to the report, 19 percent of the candidates contesting for the Nagaland Legislative Assembly elections 2018 are unlettered. One percent of the candidates have doctorate degree, while 14 percent of the candidates are graduate professionals.


“14 percent (27 candidates) of the candidates contesting in the Nagaland assembly elections 2018 have not declared their source of income,” stated Jakhalu who also pointed out that in party wise percentage findings, AAP tops the list with 33 percent of its candidates who have not declared their source of income, followed by NPP with 24 percent.


The team also informed that three candidates have not been analysed as the affidavits put up in the website were not readable.


In terms of assets, 114 candidates (59 percent) from the total of 193 candidates are crorepatis. Party wise, NPF candidates have the highest number of crorepatis with 43 out of 56 candidates followed by NDPP with 24 candidates.


The top three candidates with the highest assets are Ramongo Lotha from JD(U) with a total of Rs. 38,92,21,960 crore, K.L Chishi from BJP with Rs. 38,20,26,456 crore and Neiphiu Rio from NDPP with Rs. 36,41,65,827 crore.


The average of assets per candidate stand at Rs. 3.76 crore, while there is only one candidate- Akavi Zhimomi from AAP who has declared zero assets in his affidavit. 20 out of 193 candidates have declared liabilities. A total of 9 candidates analysed have not declared their PAN details.


39 percent (75 candidates) of the candidates have declared their age to be between 25 to 50 years while 117 candidates have declared their age to be between 51 to 80 years. Only 1 candidate has declared his age above 80 years.


Out of the 193 candidates, 3 candidates have declared criminal cases against them.

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