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Mizoram has 8,51,895 voters for this year’s elections

Aizawl: Mizoram has 8,51,895 voters who wil exercise their franchise to elect their representatives to the 40-seat Assembly by the end of this year.

According to the final publication of the state electoral rolls released by the state Election department on Wednesday, female voters outnumbered their male counterparts by 25,956 votes. 

There are 4,38,925 women voters as against 4,12,969 male voters. Except for Mamit district, the remaining ten districts of Kolasib, Aizawl, Champhai, Serchhip, Lunglei, Lawngtlai, Siaha, Saitual, Khawzawl and Hnahthial have higher number of female voters than male electorate.

Mizoram has seen an increase by 83,714 voters from 2018 Assembly elections where there were 7,68,181 voters.

This electoral roll, published after completion of the second special revision, 2023 will be used for the coming election to the 40-member state legislature, a senior election department official said. The official, however, added that new voters can be enrolled even after the final publication.

Aizawl district, which has 12 assembly constituencies has the largest number of voters – 2,86,807 comprising 1,52,558 and 1,34,249 female and male voters respectively.

Aizawl district is followed by Lunglei district’s 1,00,136 voters in 7 assembly constituencies while Lawngtlai district’s 91,439 votes comes third, having 3 assembly seats.

There are 4,973 service voters including 89 women. At present, there are 1,276 polling stations across the state.

Election department officials said that 6,239 names of Bru voters, who have permanently settled in Tripura, have been deleted during the special summary revision of electoral rolls.

The total number of Bru voters’ names deleted during the revision of voters’ lists and by undertaking corresponding deletion requests from Tripura state election commission was 11,997 voters.

Pleas of the Tripura-based Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) to the Election Commission of India not to delete around 3,500 Bru voters from Mizoram voters’ lists was not accepted by the central poll panel.

Deletion of Bru voters could only be undertaken after a quadrilateral agreement was signed between the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mizoram and Tripura state governments and different Bru bodies in the relief camps on January

16, 2020 in which it was agreed that the Bru community in Tripura relief camps who did not like to return to Mizoram are allowed to settle permanently in Tripura.

Thousands of members of Bru community migrated to neighbouring Tripura in the wake of the murder of Lalzawmliana, a forest guard working inside the Dampa Tiger Reserve on October 21, 1997 near Persang hamlet by Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) insurgents.

Another exodus occurred after Zarzoliana, a youth belonging to Bungthuam village, was gunned down by Bru rebels on November 13, 2009.

Several efforts to repatriate the Brus from Tripura to Mizoram failed and the Delhi agreement allowed them to settle over 32,000 Brus in Tripura and to be enrolled in Tripura voters’ lists

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