Aizawl: There are 22 polling stations in Mizoram which cannot be accessed by vehicles and the state Public Works Department (PWD) has been making all-out efforts to make the approach roads motorable before dispatch of polling parties to all the polling stations, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas on Wednesday said.
Some of the villages/polling stations are situated in far-flung areas, especially along the international boundary with Myanmar and Bangladesh hardly accessible even during dry season due to the difficult terrain.
The 22 polling stations where polling parties have to move by foot are located in Bangladesh border Lunglei district (11), Bangladesh-Tripura border Mamit district (6) and Myanmar-Bangladesh border Lawngtlai district (5).
There are 19 villages in the state where water transport is required, of which there are 6 villages where water transport is required even during dry season.
State election department officials said that such villages only accessible by boat are in southern Mizoram’s Lunglei and Lawngtlai district and Mamit district.
There are 10 villages in West Tuipui assembly constituency and 4 villages in Thorang Assembly seat, both near Bangladesh border in Lunglei district where polling parties have to walk on foot as well as 4 villages in Lawngtlai West assembly seat bordering Myanmar and 1 village in Mamit constituency bordering Bangladesh.
The 6 villages where water transport is required even during dry season are 3 in West Tuipui assembly seat, 2 in Thorang seat and 1 in Mamit assembly seat.
At least 39 polling stations in 6 districts have been identified as ‘critical’, with Mamit district having the largest number of critical polling station at 13, followed by Assam border Kolasib district (7) and Myanmar border Champhai district (4).
Aizawl district, Saitual district, both bordering Manipur state and Lawngtlai district each have 3 critical polling stations. The critical polling stations are mainly situated along the international border areas or interstate border areas.