Aizawl, Nov 27: Proving it right to its decision to go it alone, the Mizo Nation Front (MNF), in a good come back has won the general election to Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) held on November 26 (Thursday) by winning 11 out of 19 seats after results were announced around 11 pm Thursday.
While the ruling Congress and the Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) combine, which contested all the seats won eight seats, the NDA constituent- the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) and the BJP, which contested 16 seats went blank without winning even a single seat.
The 2nd general election to the 19 ward AMC was held peacefully on Thursday during which 12, 2241 voters out of total 19,2365 electorate exercised their franchise. The percentage of total voter turn- out was 63.55.
Of the 19 seats, six were reserved for women and the Congress- MPC combine bagged five reserved seats while the MNF won only one seat. The AMC polls witnessed triangular contest in 16 seats and a straight contest between the ruling Congress and the MPC combine and the opposition MNF in three seats. MNF had bagged all the three seats where it was straight contest.
3 former councilors including former Deputy Mayor C. Lalsawivunga have been re-elected in the 2nd AMC polls while the rest 16 were new comers. Of the 8 seats bagged by MPCC-MPC combine, 7 seats were won by MPCC while only one seat was bagged by MPC. Among the six elected women candidates was included a popular TV host Zonunsangi Fanai of the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC).
District Municipal Election Officer Dr Franklin Laltinkhuma, who is also the deputy commissioner of Aizawl district has expressed heartfelt thanks to all polling officials and voters for successful and peaceful conduct of the election.
Meanwhile, counting of votes for Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC) polls held simultaneously with AMC on 26 November would be held in Lawngtlai town on Saturday.
All the EVMs have reached DC office in the early morning of 27 November and were protected in strong room under tight security, state election commission said.
LADC is the largest among three district councils in Mizoram and it consist of 25 members. Of the total 4,5757 electorates, 3,8993 voters exercised franchise during polling making 85.22 per cent poll turnout.
Counting will begin from 10 am at DC Conference Hall, DC Office Complex and BNRGSK Hall on 28 November.
As reported earlier in this paper, 74 candidates were in the fray with both the ruling Congress and the MNF contesting all the seats.