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30 critical polling stations in Mizoram

Aizawl: The number of critical polling stations in poll-bound Mizoram has been reduced from 33 to 30 polling stations, state election department officials said on Thursday.

The officials said that 29 polling stations along the Bangladesh, Myanmar, Assam and Tripura border areas are identified as vulnerable polling stations while 1 polling station near Bangladesh border Boraguisuri within Tuichawng assembly constituency was identified as critical polling station.

In Mizoram-Tripura-Bangladesh border Mamit district 8 polling stations in Hachhek assembly seat, 3 polling stations in Dampa constituency and 2 polling stations in Mamit constituency are identified as vulnerable polling stations. In Assam border Kolasib district, 7 polling stations Serlui (6) and Kolasib (1) seats are identified as vulnerable polling stations.

Three polling stations in Aizawl district’s Tuivawl assembly seats, bordering Manipur are also declared as vulnerable ones, while 2 polling stations each in Champhai South and East Tuipui constituencies in Myanmar border Champhai district are identified as vulnerable polling stations. Two polling stations in Bangladesh border Tuichawng assembly seat are also declared as vulnerable.

Boraguisury polling station in Tuichawng assembly seat is dentified as critical Polling Station owing to abnormally high percentage of vote accumulated by one candidate, Kali Kumar Tongchangya (former Chief Executive Member of Chakma Autonomous District Council) during state assembly election in 2018 who received 86.73 per cent of votes out of the total turnout of 93.37 per cent in the Polling Station.

The officials said that sll critical Polling Stations shall have Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) deployment to safeguard the Polling Stations to the maximum possible extent.  

Deployment of webcasting or videography and any other monitoring system shall be positioned in the Polling Station as a civil measure. Webcasting shall be done in all critical polling stations or at least in 50 per cent of total polling stations, whichever is higher. Critical events in and around the polling station shall also be videographed. 

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