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Normalcy returns in poll-bound Mizoram

IANS  |  Aizawl 

Normalcy was restored in poll-bound on Thursday after two days of protests by NGOs and groups demanding the ouster of the (CEO) and reinstatement of ousted Principal (Home).

"On the last date of filing of nominations on Friday, the candidates are busy filing their papers in their respective constituencies," an of the Election Department said.

Most candidates, including and Lal Thanhawla, could not file their nominations on Tuesday and Wednesday as the NGO Coordination Committee (MNCC) spearheaded state-wide protests for the sacking of S.B. Shashank after Principal (Home) was removed on an order.

The said the MNCC, led by Mizoram's most powerful NGO, Young Mizo Association, temporarily called off their protests late Wednesday evening after Shashank left Aizawl for to meet and others.

"The on Wednesday deputed a high-level team led by to visit Mizoram on Friday to hold talks with all stake-holders," the added.

According to an official of the state election department, the last week removed the Principal (Home) from his post for "dereliction of duty and interference in election process".

The in his report to the Election Commission reportedly said that Chuaungo was creating obstacles in allowing the Reang tribals, sheltered in for over 21 years, to vote in the November 28 polls to constitute the 40-member Assembly.

The 35,000 Reang tribals, taking shelter in for over 21 years, have demanded setting up of polling stations in refugee camps so that they could cast their votes.

The Reang tribal refugees, comprising 5,907 families, fled Mizoram and have been staying in Tripura's Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions since October 1997 following ethnic tension after a official was killed.

Meanwhile, the MNCC in a letter to the said that the Election Commission must stick to the written commitment made by the poll panel in April 2014.

"The EC had made a written commitment before the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections that a provision would be made to ensure that the Reang tribal refugees, sheltered in Tripura, are able to vote within Mizoram in future polls," said the MNCC letter, which was submitted to the three-member EC team that visited the state on Tuesday and Wednesday and held meetings with the leaders of the MNCC, church bodies, poll officials and civil and police officers to normalise the situation.

The three-member EC team comprised Jharkhand L. Khiangte, Election Commission and Commission Secretary

The Election Commission in a statement on Wednesday said that the Commission expects that keeping with the ethos and tradition of peaceful society in Mizoram, all stakeholders, would sincerely work together so that no such incident recurs in future during the entire election process.



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 17:18 IST