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Over 50% polling recorded in Mizoram

IANS  |  Aizawl/Agartala 

Over half of the 787,777 electorate cast their votes in the first seven hours of polling on Thursday for the lone seat in under heavy security cover, a top said.

The state's said that over 50 per cent voters had already cast their votes by 2 p.m., since voting began at 7 a.m. across 1,175 polling stations.

"Voting has been absolutely peaceful and smooth. Conducive weather helped people to exercise their franchise without any trouble," Kundra told the media.

The voters will decide the electoral fortunes of six candidates, including independent aspirant Lalthlamuani, who is the first woman candidate contesting parliamentary polls in the Christian dominated northeastern state.

Besides polling for the lone seat, a by-election for the seat was also underway on Thursday.

The by-election was necessitated after Zoram People's Movement's (ZPM) vacated the seat to retain his Serchhip constituency.

The parliamentary constituency in Mizoram, reserved for Scheduled Tribes, is set for a multi-cornered contest.

However, according to political analysts, the main contest is between the ruling Mizo (MNF) candidate and Lalnghingolva Hmar, jointly fielded by the opposition and Zoram People's Movement's (ZPM), a local party.

The has fielded veteran tribal leader Nirupam Chakma, a former who joined the BJP a few years ago.

People's Representation for Identity and Status of (Prism) -- an anti-corruption watchdog turned political party -- has nominated T.B.C. Lalvenchhunga, a young retired

Lal Hriatrenga Chhangte, another independent, makes it a six-cornered contest.

Abeda Nanda Baidya, of northern Tripura's Kanchanpur sub-division where some of the refugee camps are located, told IANS over phone that around 3,000 of the 12,081 Mizo tribal refugee voters went to Kanhmun in to cast their votes while others were reluctant to do so.

The poll panel has also asked the government to provide logistical support including and security to the Reang tribal voters from their seven relief camps to Kanhmun.

The 12,081 tribal refugee voters have lived in for the past 22 years after they fled their homes in three Mizoram districts in the wake of communal tension.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 14:56 IST
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