Aizawl: As the anticipation builds, election preparations are in full swing in Mizoram for the upcoming state legislative assembly elections. Though the Election Commission of India is yet to announce the official date for the polls, authorities are gearing up for a potential schedule in November or early December.
State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas recently visited several districts to oversee the meticulous poll preparations. The process of rationalizing polling stations has been successfully completed in many districts, and to promote awareness, numerous electronic voting machine (EVM) demonstration centers have been established.
In districts, particularly those bordering Myanmar, Deputy Commissioners and district SPs have convened meetings to strategize vulnerability mapping and identify critical Polling Stations.
In accordance with the directives of the central poll panel, the state government has undertaken significant transfers and postings of state civil service and police service officials.
Meanwhile, the political parties have begun announcing their candidates for the forthcoming elections. The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) President, Zoramthanga, formally unveiled the party’s candidates for Hachhek and Serchhip assembly constituencies. The opposition Congress has also revealed its candidates for Hnahthial, Siaha, and Serchhip assembly seats.
The Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) has officially released nine candidate names for undivided Lunglei district and Lawngtlai district, along with an additional 28 candidates for seats in undivided Aizawl district.
However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is yet to announce its candidates officially or unofficially for the upcoming assembly polls.
With MNF and Congress having disclosed their official candidates for some seats, the focus remains on the announcements from ZPM and the People’s Conference (PC) party, as they are yet to make formal declarations on their candidates.