Voting for the 19 of the 20 seats in Chakma Autonomous District Council in southern Mizoram went off peacefully on 20th April sealing the fate of 65 candidates in the electronic voting machines (EVMs). The EVMs are kept in the strong room of Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) at Chawngte, to be counted on 24th April.
No untoward incident has been reported from any polling station.
Voting took place only in 19 seats as the Gauhati High Court, Aizawl Bench, had stayed the elections in Fultuli seat where Congress candidate KK Tongchangya was declared uncontested.
Official sources said voting began at 7 am and ended peacefully at 5 pm across 66 polling stations.
Estimated poll turnout was 65 per cent at 4 pm. However, the final voting percentage could be more than 70 per cent as information is still trickling from the far flung areas.
There are 30,565 voters in the CADC of which 15,087 were female.
A total of 65 candidates are contesting the elections.
While Congress and MNF contested in all the 20 constituencies, the BJP fielded candidates only in 18 constituencies. There were 8 independent candidates.
This election has been unpredictable as there have been three-party contests.
Ironically, all the three parties and their supporters have expressed confidence to be able to form the government at Kamalanagar.
The voters have sealed the fate of the candidates in the EVMs. Now, it is a wait till 24th April.
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