Nagaland Chief Minister and Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF) candidate TR Zeliang retained his Peren constituency today defeating his nearest NDPP rival Iherie Ndang by 5,432 votes, EC sources said.
Zeliang bagged 14,064 votes while Ndang of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party secured 8,632 votes.
In the last Assembly election in 2013, Zeliang had won the seat by a margin of 2,636 votes.
At the time of filing this reports, according to the Election Commission, the BPP-NDPP alliance was leading in 21 seats while the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) in 16.
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) NDPP chief and former chief minister Neiphiu Rio has already been declared uncontested from Northern Angamai-II seat.
The National People's Party (NPP) is leading in three seats and the Janata Dal (United) in two. Independents are also leading in two seats.
Voting for the 59 seats in the 60-member Assembly was held on February 27.
With PTI Inputs