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Mizoram: Opposition ZPM leading on 25 of 40 seats

Dec 04, 2023 10:25 AM IST

Chief minister Zoramthanga was trailing against ZPM’s candidate Lalthansanga by 640 votes in Aizawl East after the first round of counting

Opposition Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM) gained an early advantage in the counting of votes in Mizoram on Monday as it was leading on 25 of the 40 seats followed by the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) on nine, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on three and Congress on two.

Counting of votes in Mizoram underway in Serchhip. (PTI)
Counting of votes in Mizoram underway in Serchhip. (PTI)

Chief minister Zoramthanga was trailing against ZPM’s candidate Lalthansanga by 640 votes in Aizawl East after the first round of counting. ZPM’s W Chhuanawma defeated MNF’s Tawnluia, the deputy chief minister, by a margin of 909 votes in Tuichang.

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The counting of votes earlier began at 8am across 13 centres in the north-eastern state. Postal ballots and votes cast at home, a facility for senior and specially-abled voters, were counted first.

As many as 80.66% of the 857000 electorate voted in the polls held in the state on November 7. “There are 40 counting halls. Around 4000 counting and other support staff are on duty. To ensure security, 10 companies of central armed police forces and around 2000 personnel from Mizoram Police have been deployed,” chief electoral officer Madhup Vyas said.

Most exit polls predicted a tight contest between the MNF and ZPM. In 2018, MNF wrested power from the Congress by winning 26 seats. ZPM, which was formed a year earlier, won eight seats. The Congress bagged five seats and the BJP one in the Christian-majority state.

The MNF, ZPM, and Congress put up candidates for all seats. The BJP, which contested 39 seats five years ago, fielded 23 candidates. A total of 174 candidates, including 16 women—three from BJP, two each from Congress, MNF, and ZPM—contested the polls. The outgoing assembly had no women lawmakers.

The Congress and MNF have held power since the formation of the state in 1987.

The counting of votes was earlier scheduled for Sunday along with Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana. The Election Commission of India on November 29 deferred the counting to Monday following appeals for it given the significance of Sunday for the people in the Christian-majority state.

The BJP on Sunday wrested power from the Congress in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh while retaining it in Madhya Pradesh. The Congress managed to win in the southern state of Telangana months before the national polls.

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    Utpal is a Senior Assistant Editor based in Guwahati. He covers seven states of North-East India and heads the editorial team for the region. He was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times.

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