Mizoram, the last bastion of Congress in the Northeast, is going to polls on Wednesday, 28 November.

Mizoram Polls: 58% Voter Turnout Recorded Till 3 pm

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Voting for all the 40 constituencies in Mizoram began on Wednesday, 28 November. The polling will conclude at 4 pm, news agency ANI reported.

The state is the last bastion of Congress in the Northeast, where the party is eyeing a third consecutive term.

The main rivals, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Mizo National Front, are looking to make serious inroads into the 40-member Assembly.

  • 7,70,395 people are expected to cast their votes in the northeastern state.
  • The Congress and the main Opposition, MNF, have fielded 40 candidates each, while the BJP is contesting from 39 seats.
  • The Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM), an alliance formed by two political parties and four groups, is contesting from 35 seats.
  • In 2013 Assembly elections, the Congress won 34 seats, while the Mizo National Front (MNF) had five and Mizoram People’s Conference bagged one seat.

58% Voter Turnout Recorded Till 3pm

As confirmed by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Ashish Kundra, about 58 percent of voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm in Mizoram, ANI reported.

3 Poll Officers Were Removed From Duty For Being Inebriated

Three polling officials, including two presiding officers, in Mizoram's Lunglei district were removed from their duties after they were allegedly found in an inebriated state, attempting to assault other officials.

The three persons were removed from the election duties with immediate effect and authorities concerned were asked to initiate departmental enquiries against them, a senior official at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer told PTI.

106-Yr-Old Woman, 108-Yr-Old Man Cast Their Vote

A 106-year-old woman in Kawrthah and a 108-year-old man in Zemabawk North went to cast their vote in the respective districts on Wednesday.

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49% Voter Turnout Recorded Till 1pm

A 49 percent voter turnout was recorded across polling in all districts, by 1 pm. Polling is expected to conclude at 4pm.

42 VVPATs, 25 Ballot Units, 19 Control Units Replaced

The Chief Electoral Officer, Ashish Kundra, confirmed that 42 VVPATs, 25 ballot units and 19 control units had been replaced in various polling stations.

He also told PTI that he hoped the turnout of Bru voters would be "substantial".