Aizawl, Nov 26: The most anticipated general elections to Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC) held simultaneously on Thursday went successfully peaceful as no untoward incident has been reported during a 9 hour long polling session, election department said.
As per the State Election Commission’s schedule polling for the 19 ward AMC and 25 member LADC was held from 7 am to 4 pm on Thursday in 211 polling stations (for AMC) and 103 polling stations (LADC). While counting of votes for AMC polls was held in a designated place of each ward in the same evening after the completion of polling, counting for LADC polls would be undertaken on 28 November.
The percentage of total voter turn-out for AMC polls as stated by state Election Commission was 63.55. Result of the polls has not been declared when this report is filed.
While polling for the AMC was conducted with ballot papers, the LADC polls was conducted with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).
There were no reports of untoward incident during polling except stray incidents at one or two polling stations under AMC where some party workers were allegedly campaigning at the eleven hour.
Of the 19 wards under AMC six are reserved for women. There were a total of 1,92,362 electorates under AMC where polling was conducted under the supervision of 19 Returning officers, 19 assistant Returning officers, 211 presiding officers and 422 polling officers.
There were 54 candidates in fray for the AMC polls. While the ruling Congress combined with Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) have fielded 19 seats equally with the opposition MNF that decided to go it alone this time, the Zoram Nationalist Party and BJP combined National Democratic Alliance (NDA) fielded 16 seats.
As for the 10th general election to LADC which consist of 25 members, polling begun from 7 am and was very peaceful in all the 103 polling stations where 62.21 percent of voters casted their votes till 1 pm. The percentage is expected to rise, election officials said.
There are a total of 45,757 electorates including 23,279 female voters in LADC area. While Sakeilui is the constituency with highest voters, Cheural constituency has the least number of voters.
74 candidates including 10 independent are in fray for LADC polls. While the Congress and the Mizo National Front (MNF) have fielded 25 seats each, BJP fielded 10 seats, MPC-2 seats and ZNP- 1 seat.
Sources said that in a bold sacrifice, K.Sapthara, a BJP candidate fromVathuampui constituency on Wednesday withdrew and closed his booth in favour of MNF candidate Richard Lalthanzuala and decided to support him along with his supporters.
Counting of votes would be held in Lawngtlai town on November 28.