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ECI yet to respond to pleas to defer vote counting date

Aizawl: Mizoram election department officials on Friday said that the office is yet to receive any communication from the Election Commission of India on the issue of pleas made by political parties, civil society organisations, churches and students association asking for changing the date of counting of votes for the state assembly polls.

The political parties and civil societies including conglomeration of church denominations made the appeals for change of date of counting of votes to the central poll panel as the date for counting of votes falls on December 3, which is Sunday, a sacred day for the majority of Christians in the Christian-dominated state.

State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas told Zoram Chronicle on Friday, “We haven’t received any request for change from any side except MPF till yesterday”.

However, leaders of the political parties and civil societies said that the copies of their appeals to the central poll panel were given to the CEO while some organisations said that they submitted their letters through the CEO.

A senior official of the state government said that if the ECI responses, it will ask for reaction of the CEO and the election department before making any decision.

Twelve organisations, including eight political parties in Mizoram sent an appeal to the ECI on Thursday evening to change the date of counting of votes for the coming assembly polls and not to appoint the date of counting of votes on Saturday or Sunday.

Earlier, majority of the political parties including the state BJP unit have sent their opposition to conduct of counting of votes on Sunday, while the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), conglomerate of leaders of major Christian church denominations, had also sent appeals to the central poll panel in a piecemeal.

Meanwhile, media reports said that the ECI has accepted requests from Rajasthan not to hold polls on Dev Uthani Ekadashi, an auspicious day for Hindus when a large number of weddings are scheduled.

The poll panel on Wednesday announced that it had deferred polling in Rajasthan from November 23 to November 25. 

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