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Mizoram polls: 49% voter turnout recorded till 1pm

ANI | Updated: Nov 28, 2018 14:35 IST

Aizawl (Mizoram) [India], Nov 28 (ANI): A voter turnout of 49 per cent has been recorded till 1 pm in the Mizoram Assembly elections being held on Wednesday.
Voting in the single-phase polls began at 7 am and is scheduled to end at 4 pm.
As many as 209 candidates are contesting to bag a seat in the 40-member Legislative Assembly. The Congress party, which has been in power in Mizoram since 2008, is eyeing a third consecutive term in the state.
In the previous election in 2013, Congress had fielded 40 candidates and won 34 seats, whereas Mizo National Front (MNF) secured only five seats after contesting on 31 seats. Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) had contested on eight seats but managed to bag only one.
Both Congress and MNF are contesting all 40 constituencies this time, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is fighting on 39 seats.
Incumbent Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is contesting from two seats - Serchhip and Champhai South.
In Serchhip, Thanhawla will be contesting against Zoram People's Movement's (ZPM) chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma, Mizo National Front (MNF) nominee C Lalramzauva and People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) party chief Vanlalruata among others. In the Champhai South, the incumbent Chief Minister would contest against MNF's T J Lalnuntluanga and ZPM's C Lalremliana.
Mizoram is the only northeastern state that is currently ruled by the Congress. Results would be declared on December 11. (ANI)