The Chakma Autonomous District Council goes to polls today, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
A total of 30,565 voters including 15,087 women will decide the fate of the candidates. 65 candidates including 8 independents are contesting in 20 seats.
The counting of votes will take place on 24th April and the results will be declared on the same day.
The 10th general election to the CADC was notified by the State Election Commission on 23th March.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made and the state government has declared a public holiday today.
This election has already seen many twists and turns. MNF candidate from Fultuli, Samir Tongchangya was disqualified during scrutiny of nomination papers on 5th April and Congress candidate KK Tongchangya was declared uncontested winner (BJP put no candidate in this seat). But Samir Tongchangya secured a stay from the High Court.
Controversy also erupted over an MNF banner which stated the party promises “A Vibrant Chakma Nation”. This did not go down well with a section of Mizos who questioned the intentions of Zoramthanga, the MNF chief. Zoramthanga, according to media reports, has disowned that particular banner and slogan.
Congress state President and Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla in his election campaign at Kamalanagar urged voters to bring back the Congress government.
The Chakma Autonomous District Council is an autonomous council for ethnic Chakma people, formed under the sixth schedule to the Constitution of India on April 29, 1972. The Council exercises legislative, executive and judiciary powers over allotted departments within the territory of CADC.
With an area of 686.25 square kilometers, CADC shares international boundaries with Bangladesh and Myanmar and has a population of 45,307 which roughly constitutes half of the total ethnic Chakma population in Mizoram.
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