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    Campaigning ends for Mizoram assembly polls

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    Around 7,70,395 voters, which included 3,94,897 women, will decide the fate of 209 candidates in the state.

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    The state goes to polls on November 28.
    GUWAHATI: Amid mass prayers and devotional programmes, campaigning for 40 assembly seats in Mizoram came to an end on Monday. The state goes to polls on November 28.

    Around 7,70,395 voters, which included 3,94,897 women, will decide the fate of 209 candidates in the state. Voting will take place in the 1,164 polling stations.

    Around 40 companies of Central paramilitary forces have been pressed in for election duty.

    Lallian Chhunga, spokesperson of Mizoram congress, said: “We have ended the campaign with meetings in all the booths across the state. We have invited church leaders to offer prayers and mass prayers were held.”

    Congress is confident that it will come back to power for third consecutive term. Opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) feels that wave is in their favour and they will come back to power after a gap of 10 years.

    BJP and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), seven party electoral alliances is contesting is hopeful that election results will be a surprise this time. BJP is contesting 39 seats while ZPM is in fray in 35 seats. Congress and MNF are contesting all the 40 seats.

    The newly-floated political party, People Representation for Identity and status of Mizoram (PRISM), has given ticket to 13 candidates while National Peoples’s party and Nationalist Congress Party are contesting on nine and five seats respectively. Zoramthar, a party floated by a pastor, is contesting elections on 24 seats.

    Meanwhile, Mizoram’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra expressed satisfaction over the poll preparation. “Preparations have been made for facilitating differently-abled people with ramps and wheelchairs,” he said.

    Around 12, 026 Bru voters staying in the six relief camps in Tripura will exercise franchise at Kanhmun village in Mamit district where 15 temporary polling stations have been set up.
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