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Nov 7 fixed for Mizoram Assembly elections

Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas on Monday said that election to the 40-member state legislative assembly will be held in a single phase with the date of poll being fixed by the Election Commission of India on November 7 (Tuesday).

Vyas said that the counting of votes will be conducted on December 3 (Sunday) as counting of votes will also be held in other 4 states.

He said that gazette notification will be issued on October 13 with last date of filing nominations on October 20, date of scrutiny of October 21 and last date for withdrawal of candidatures on October 23. Election process shall be completed before December 5, he said.

Electorate of 8,56,868 will exercise franchise in the state on November 7, which included 4,38,925 female voters in 1,276 polling stations. “As mandated by the Election Commission, there will be assured minimum facilities will be provided in each and every polling station,” he said.

At least one polling station, each managed exclusively by women and persons with disabilities will be set up in every assembly constituency while minimum of one model polling station per assembly constituency will also be set up using and depicting local materials and art forms to enhance voter experience and to showcase local attractions, he said.

Arrangements for webcasting will be made in at least 50 per cent of the total polling stations including all critical polling stations. 

Elaborate security arrangement based on the assessment of the ground situation has been put into place wherein around 450 sections of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in addition to the 3,000 odd state Police personnel will be deployed throughout the state during the upcoming elections, he said.

The CEO said that the latest M3 model of electronic voting machine (EVM) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) manufactured by the ECIL will be used for the coming elections, he said, adding that the central poll panel has deployed sufficient quantity of EVM and VVPAT for conduct of the election.

He added that the Election Model Code of Conduct has been in force across the state from Monday, after the announcement of the poll date by the Commission.

Meanwhile, the state Police officials have seized 15 kilos and 837 grams of heroin and 43 kilos and 78 grams of Methamphetamine as well as 21 kilos and 728 grams of Crystal Meth (crystalised form, not tablets) after the visit of the Election Commission of India during August 29-31.

A large quantity of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and locally manufactured liquor had also been seized to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections.


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