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Bru refugees in Tripura to get transportation facility to vote in Mizoram election

Transport facility is provided till a pre-identified alighting point on the Tripura side, around 500 meters from a bridge that connects the two states. The cost of transportation will be borne by the Mizoram government.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 27, 2018, 07.24 PM IST
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Mizoram’s chief electoral officer, Ashish Kundra, told ET that these voters would exercise their franchise at Kanhmun village along the Tirpura-Mizoram border in Mamit district.
GUWAHATI: Authorities have arranged transportation facility for thousands of Bru people living in Tripura to travel to Mizoram to vote in Wednesday’s assembly election.

These Bru people are living in temporary camps in North Tripura since 1997, after ethnic clashes drove them out of their villages in Mizoram. As many as 11,987 of those in the refugee camps have their votes in Mizoram.

Mizoram’s chief electoral officer, Ashish Kundra, told ET that these voters would exercise their franchise at Kanhmun village along the Tirpura-Mizoram border in Mamit district. Fifteen temporary polling stations have been set up for them, he said over the phone.

Transport facility is provided till a pre-identified alighting point on the Tripura side, around 500 meters from a bridge that connects the two states. The cost of transportation will be borne by the Mizoram government, Kundra said.

Earlier, the All-NGO Coordination Committee, which spearheaded the movement for replacing former chief electoral officer SB Shashank, had opposed providing any kind of transportation for the Bru voters on the polling day.

Around 40 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed for election duty in the state where 209 candidates are contesting for 40 seats in the assembly. There are 7,70,395 voters in Mizoram, including 3,94,897 women. There are also 4,363 service voters.

Authorities have set up 1,164 polling stations for Wednesday’s voting.

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