Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla casts his vote
at a booth on Thursday. Picture by Nilotpal Bhattacharjee
Silchar, Nov. 26: The elections to Aizawl Municipal Corporation and Lai Autonomous District Council in Mizoram passed off peacefully today.
Despite a vigorous voter awareness campaign, less than half of Aizawl today turned out to vote in the elections to the 19-ward corporation. The civic polls recorded very dismal turnout of 36.04 per cent.
The elections to the autonomous district council for the Lai people recorded a turnout of 62.21 per cent till 1pm.
The counting for the civic polls began this evening, while the counting for the council elections will be held on November 28 in Lawngtlai town, district headquarters of the Lai district council.
Aizawl deputy commissioner Franklin Laltinkhuma told The Telegraph today that polling was peaceful and there was no untoward incident. There was tight security across the city and electorates were allowed to cast their votes only after showing either voter identity cards or any one of the 12 identity-proof documents recognised by the Election Commission, he added.
Laltinkhuma said proper security arrangement had been made to avert any kind of violence after the declaration of the poll results at night.
Lai district council election officer Saizikpuiisaid the polling was peaceful and there was no report of any violence. Asked about the reports of the malfunction of EVMs, he said they had received only one complaint from a polling station about the non-functioning of EVMs. “The EVM was replaced immediately,” he added.
On the total turnout, Saizikpuii said they could only give the figure after receiving reports from all the polling stations. “It would not be possible to give the exact poll percentage at this moment. Some of the polling stations are located in the far-flung areas where communication is pitiable,” he added.
The fate of 74 candidates in the district council polls and 54 candidates in the civic polls was sealed today.
Nine returning officers, 19 assistant returning officers, 211 presiding officers and 422 polling officers were on duty to conduct the municipal polls.
Minister to take oath
Former Mizoram health minister Lal Thanzara, who won the recently byelection, is likely to get a ministerial berth in the Lal Thanhawla government. He will be inducted as a member of the Mizoram Assembly on Friday.
The oath-taking ceremony will be administered by Speaker Hiphei at the Assembly conference hall at 11am.