New Delhi, October 9, 2023 – The Election Commission has officially announced that the northeastern state of Mizoram will hold its Assembly elections on November 7, with the counting of votes set for December 3.
Currently, the Mizo National Front (MNF), an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is in power in Mizoram. The upcoming elections will determine if the MNF can retain its dominance or if there will be a shift in the political landscape of the state.
The voting process will be conducted across a total of 1,276 polling stations throughout Mizoram. This includes 525 urban polling stations and 751 in rural areas. The term of the current legislative assembly of Mizoram will conclude on December 17 this year.
Current Assembly Essay:
In the existing assembly setup, the MNF holds a majority with 28 seats. The main opposition, the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), has six legislators. The Congress party, once a dominant force in Mizoram, currently has five seats. The BJP, despite being a major party nationally, has only one seat in the state.
Mizoram has witnessed a rise in its voter base with a total of 851,895 registered voters, marking an increase of 13,856 voters compared to the previous draft roll. The gender distribution among these voters is almost even, with 412,969 males and 438,925 females. Additionally, 4,973 service voters are expected to participate in the upcoming elections.
Other State Polls:
Alongside Mizoram, the Chief Election Commissioner, Rajiv Kumar, also unveiled the election dates for other states, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana.
The upcoming elections in Mizoram are crucial as they will not only determine the state’s leadership for the next term but also indicate the political mood and preferences of the people in the northeastern region.