Sat. Feb 24th, 2024

Aizawl-The counting of votes for Mizoram Assembly polls started on Monday morning amid elaborate safety preparations in all 11 districts of the state.

Additional Chief Electoral Officer H. Lianzela mentioned that originally, postal ballots are being counted after which, the counting of votes polled by the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) could be taken up.

Over 4, 000 officers together with girls are engaged within the counting course of. These officers are posted at 40 counting halls below 13 centres in 11 districts to rely the votes, the official advised IANS.

Director General of Police, Anil Shukla mentioned that sufficient safety measures have been taken for the graceful conduct of the counting course of.

Adequate contingents of Central Armed Police Forces and Mizoram Armed Police have been deployed throughout the state to keep up legislation and order.

More than 80 per cent of the 8.57 lakh voters exercised their franchise to resolve the electoral destiny of 174 candidates, together with 16 girls.

The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), the primary Opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) and the Congress have fielded candidates from all 40 seats whereas the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is contesting on 4 seats.

The BJP has fielded candidates on 23 seats with a particular concentrate on linguistic minority inhabited areas, particularly the place the Reang and Chakma tribal communities are in cheap numbers within the voters’ record.

Besides them, 27 impartial candidates are additionally within the fray.

The counting of votes was earlier scheduled on Sunday within the Christian-majority state (87 per cent) however after repeated appeals by all political events, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, church buildings, youth and scholar our bodies together with the influential Young Mizo Association (YMA), the Election Commission of India (ECI) rescheduled the counting to Monday.

Polling for the 40-member Mizoram meeting was held on November 7.

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