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Mizoram chief electoral officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra
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MIZORAM

Mizoram ready for polls, young voters dominate state electorate

International borders with Myanmar, Bangladesh sealed to ensure peaceful elections; EC makes elaborate arrangements in view of bad weather, says CEO Ashish Kundra

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Mizoram is all set for election to the lone Lok Sabha seat and assembly by-poll to Aizawl West-I seat as electioneering ended on Tuesday evening.

The state will go to poll on April 11.

State chief electoral officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra said that the state electorate is dominated by young voters. He said that out of the total 7,87,777 electorates, young voters in the age group of 18-39 constituted about 63.68%.

There are 55,050 first-time voters constituting 6.99% of the state’s electorate, he said.

Voters in the age group of 40-49 constituted 15.4%, 11.10% by voters between 50-59 age group, 5.88% by people in the age group of 60-69 and senior citizens between 70-80 years and above constituted only 3.88%.

There are 3,381 PwD voters, 4,687 service voters and 6 transgender persons.

Kundra said that the state election machinery has been fully prepared to conduct voting. He said that 141 polling parties have been dispatched to remote areas in four districts -- Aizawl, Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Siaha. Rest of the polling parties will be dispatched by Wednesday.

Altogether, there are 4,812 polling officials arranged for both the elections and 4,489 security personnel belonging to 12 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and 20 companies of state police on duty.

Of the 1,175 polling stations, 117 polling stations known as 'pink polling stations' would be manned by women and 18 pockets along the international border are declared vulnerable, he said, adding Gegaguluksura in Lawngtlai district has been classified as 'critical polling station'.

International borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh have been sealed to ensure peaceful elections.

The Election Commission has also reserved 470-500 spare machines and arranged 36 strong rooms for storing EVMs. All the district magistrates have imposed section 144 of CrPC across the state from Tuesday evening which will valid till 1 day after polling.

Kundra said that the Election Commission has made elaborate arrangement in view of bad weather.