Mizoram chief electoral officer Ashish Kundra

Aizawl: Soon after taking charge as the new chief electoral officer of Mizoram on Friday, Ashish Kundra held a series of meetings with political parties and civil societies of the state. Addressing a press conference soon thereafter, Kundra said so far all the bodies have lent their support towards holding a fair and peaceful election in the hill state.

The prime focus of the meetings remained the fate of Bru refugees. Kundra said he was touch with the Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding the same. “So far, indications are that the Bru refugees will be able to exercise their franchise in the village of Khanmun along the border in Tripura,” he said.

However, there are two aspects that will be taken under consideration. One is the registration of voters and the other being the PIL filed by the locals of Kolasib, to which a counter-affidavit will be filed by the ECI, Kundra added.

Meanwhile, the deployment of 40 companies of the central armed police forces (CAPF) remains unchanged despite being questioned by the civil societies. Kundra said, “I am aware of the peaceful conduct of elections in Mizoram in the past. But it is better to be on the safer side of law than take any chances when it comes to security.”

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