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ECI to visit Mizoram on Aug 29

Aizawl: Full commission of the Election Commission of India headed by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar is scheduled to visit poll-bound Mizoram on August 29, an official statement said on Wednesday.

The statement said that besides Kumar, the two Election Commissioners – Anup Chandra Pandey, Arun Goel – and 17 officials are scheduled to arrive at the lone Lengpui airport on August 20 to hold talks with the state government officials about the poll preparedness in the state.

A meeting, chaired by state Chief Secretary Dr. Renu Sharma on Wednesday, discussed how to receive the CEC, two other commissioners and the officials of the central poll panel and make arrangements during their stay in Aizawl.

The meeting was attended by top state election department officials and other concerned department officials including state home department and Police officials.

Term of the current state assembly (eighth assembly) is expiring on December 17 and the election to the 40-member assembly is most likely to be held in November or early December, to form the new assembly.

In the last state assembly polls held in 2018, the poll date was announced on October 6, 2018 and the election was held on November 28 that year.

In the 2018 Mizoram assembly polls, Mizo National Front (MNF) chief and former chief minister bounced back to power after being in the political wilderness from a decade when his MNF party bagged 26 seats.

Zoramthanga first became the state Chief Minister in 1998, by defeating the Congress led by the then Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla who had ruled the state during 1984 to 1986 and again from 1989 to 1993 and 1993 to 1998.

He was defeated by Lal Thanhawla’s Congress in 2008 and held power for two consecutive terms with Zoramthanga failing to be elected as a legislator for a decade.

At present, the ruling MNF has 28 legislators (after wresting Zoram People’s Movement – ZPM’s 2 seats in by-elections), the ZPM has 6, Congress 5 and the BJP 1.

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