Kohima, May 10 (PTI) Senior Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Tokheho Yepthomi and former MLA of the Naga People’s Front, C Apok Jamir, filed their nominations today for the May 28 bypoll to the lone Lok Sabha seat of Nagaland. Also Read - With Dream of 'Rape-Free' India, Nagaland Citizens Begin Campaign to Offer Women Free Rides at Night

The seat fell vacant after MP Neiphiu Rio resigned on February 17 to contest the assembly election. He won the Northern Angami-II seat and was elected the chief minister of the state. Also Read - Dogs Illegally Being Transported to Nagaland to Be Sold As Meat, Enraged Twitter Says 'Stop This Brutality'

Today, being the last day for filing nominations, the candidates, flanked by supporters, submitted their papers, Nagaland Commissioner M Patton, who is also returning officer for the bypoll, said here. Also Read - Anti-Valentine's Day 2020: Dates for Slap Day, Kick Day, Breakup Day - Week After Valentine's Day

The window for filing of nominations was opened on May 3, but no papers were submitted till yesterday, he said.

The ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), led by the NDPP, had announced Yepthomi’s name as their candidate from the seat yesterday.

Yepthomi was accompanied by state BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu and NDPP Minister C M Chang when he filed his papers at the office of the returning officer today.

Jamir’s name, on the other hand, was proposed by NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon.

Senior legislators and party functionaries, along with NPF president Shurhozelie Liezietsu, escorted Jamir to Patton’s office.

The scrutiny of the documents would be conducted tomorrow, Patton said, adding that the last date of withdrawal of candidature is May 14.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio yesterday announced that NDPP-led PDA would be launching a campaign for the bypoll from Dimapur district on May 16.

NPF president Liezietsu, however, said they would kick-start their campaign as soon as the scrutiny of the nomination papers is over.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.