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Amid ONOE speculations, Mizoram prepares for year-end polls

Aizawl: Mizoram election department continues making preparations for the coming election to the 40-member state legislative assembly even as the central government has been planning to implement the proposed ‘One Nation, One Election’ (ONOE), state election officials said. 

Legislation of bill on ‘One Nation, One Election’ is most likely to be the main feature of the special session of the Parliament summoned by the President to commence from September 18.

A senior state election department official told Zoram Chronicle that Election Commission of India, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, which recently visited the state has not given any instructions to cease preparations being pursued for the coming assembly polls.

“We continue making preparations to hold the state assembly elections in November or early December as polling in the last election held in 2018 was held on November 28,” the official said, adding that the state election department is yet to receive official communication about the ‘One Nation, One Election’ from the central poll panel or any other authorities.

He said that the Election Commission was more or less satisfied with the poll preparedness in the state and the state election department is continuing to make preparations and arrangements to ensure free, fair and peaceful polls.

In order to hold the state assembly elections along with the Parliament, the central government has to introduce an ordinance or a bill and has to be passed by the Parliament as extension of the term of legislature is not permitted, a professor of political science in the Mizoram University said. 

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