In Mizoram, an Election Commission team, headed by the Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, reviewed the poll preparedness in Champhai district this morning. In the meeting, the team also reviewed the security measures being taken for the election.
The team had reached Aizawl yesterday. Yesterday, in its meetings with different stakeholders, the team held discussions on poll-related issues amid the current stand-off caused by state wide agitation staged by the NGO Coordination Committee. The committee is demanding the removal of the Chief Electoral Officer SB Shashank and also protested against the poll panel order of removal of the Principal Secretary (Home) Lalnunmawia Chuaungo.
Meanwhile, campaigning by major parties is going on in full swing in the state which will go to polls in a single phase on the 28th of this month. Our correspondent reported that on Friday, was the last date of filling nominations. The number of candidates filed nominations was 210, which is yet to be declared officially by the election Department.
In this poll, Congress, Mizo National Front and BJP fielded candidate for all 40 constituencies. While, other parties like Zoram Peoples Movement is contesting in 35 seats, Zoram Thar Party in 24, National Peoples Party in 10 and NCP fielded candidates in 5 seats. However, according to the political circles, this would be a four-cornered poll battle among Congress, MNF, BJP and ZPM. Also, Campaigning by all major parties has picked up throughout the state. Yesterday election rallies in several parts of the state were organised by different parties.