The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday announced the schedule for Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya Assembly elections.

The polling in Tripura will be held on 18 February. Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to vote on 27 February. The counting of votes in the three states will be on 3 March.

The strength of the three assemblies is 60 members each and are among eight states that go to polls this year. The tenure of the Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland Assemblies expire on 6 March, 13 March and 14 March, 2018, respectively. State elections to Karnataka, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are also due this year, according to media reports.

While addressing a press conference on Thursday, Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti said, VVPATs and EVMs will be used in the three states. While EVMs have been used for the last 20 years in these three states, VVPATs will be deployed for the first time for the Assembly polls.

The current Chief Minister of Meghalaya is Mukul Sangma of Congress party. TR Zeliang of the Congress Party is the incumbent Chief Minister of Nagaland. Communist Party of India (Marxist) is in power in Tripura under Manik Sarkar.

(With agency inputs)