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Bru refugees likely to vote from Mizoram village: Chief Electoral Officer

The chief electoral officer (CEO) asserted there was no reason for postponement of the November 28 polls

A polling officer putting ink mark on a voter's finger  PTI
A polling officer putting ink mark on a voter's finger PTI

Mizoram's newly appointed Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra said on Friday Bru voters housed in north Tripura relief camps were likely to exercise their franchise from Kanhmun village on the Mizoram-Tripura border in the upcoming assembly polls.

Kundra, who replaced S B Shashank on Thursday, told reporters here that the logistics and other arrangements would be worked out in accordance with instructions of the Election Commission.

"Bru voters in north Tripura relief camps are most likely to exercise their franchise from Kanhmun village," he said.

The chief electoral officer (CEO) asserted there was no reason for postponement of the November 28 polls.

"It (polls) should be held on time if the arrangements are in place," he said.
 

Appealing to the people of Mizoram to "forget the past", Kundra said faith in the CEO's office should be restored for peaceful polls.

He added that videography during polling would be mandatory in the 32 polling stations classified as "critical".

The Election Commission decided to remove Shashank after massive protests broke out in Mizoram demanding his ouster.

The order came after some civil society groups demanded Shashank's ouster over a row on allowing Bru voters lodged in Tripura relief camps to exercise their franchise from there.