Mizoram Assembly Elections; Zoram People’s Movement heading towards power in Mizoram
The counting of votes for assembly elections in Mizoram is underway. The Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) is racing towards power in the state, having already won 14 seats and leading in 13 others. The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) has won three seats and is leading in 7 others. BJP has won two seats, while Congress is leading in one seat. Several MNF senior leaders are either trailing or have already lost.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga is trailing behind Lalthansanga of ZPM in the Aizawl East-1 seat, while Health Minister R Lalthangliana is trailing behind ZPM candidate Jeje Lalpekhlua in the South Tuipui seat. ZPM’s Chief Ministerial candidate Lalduhoma has already won the Serchhip seat. Mizoram has 40 assembly seats, and 21 is the majority mark.
The counting is being held at 13 centres. Postal ballots were counted first, and from 8.30 am, the counting for votes polled in the EVMs began. Polling was held on November 7, and over 80 percent polling was recorded. A total of 174 candidates, including 18 women, were in the fray. The MNF, ZPM and Congress contested 40 seats each, while the BJP fielded candidates in 23 seats. There were 17 Independent candidates also.