Bru refugees from Tripura casting their voters during the Mizoram assembly elections on November 28 last year

Aizawl: Only 160 of the 2,574 Bru first-time voters, who had applied for for inclusion in Mizoram’s electoral rolls, have been found to be eligible after verification, election officials said on Thursday.

Officials said that the applications submitted by these 160 Bru voters were referred to state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra for recommendation. No Bru voters were included in the final rolls published on February 22 as the application submitted by them could not be verified during the special summary revision.

Roll hearing was conducted for the Bru voters from six relief camps in Tripura on February 26 at Kanhmun village along the Tripura border during which 2,574 first-time voters had applied for inclusion in the state’s electoral roll.

After the public hearing, verification of the the Bru voters was conducted during the past week according to which only 160 applicants were deemed eligible for inclusion, election officials said.

They said that the CEO, if he finds the applicants fit for inclusion, will recommend to Election Commission of India (ECI) and the new voters will be included in Mizoram’s electoral rolls after the Election Commission grants their applications.

Kundra had earlier said that he had instructed district election officers and EROs to be meticulous while verifying the Bru voters. He said that all the applicants, who possessed valid or required documents as demanded by the laws, are eligible for inclusion in the electoral roll.

There were all together 9,102 Bru voters in Mamit district — 5,052 in Hachhek constituency, 935 in Dampa constituency and 3,115 in Mamit constituency in the last assembly election held on November 28 last year.

Meanwhile, Young Mizo Association (YMA), the largest civil body in Mizoram, is seeking removal of names of Bru voters, who are unwilling to return to Mizoram despite repeated appeals, from state’s electoral roll.

The ECI on Thursday launched Voter Verification and Information Programme (VVIP) in Mizoram for citizens for verification of their names, new registrations, changes in the voter details and corrections in the Voter ID Cards for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The Election Commission has also set up contact centre in all districts across the state. The voter helpline is 1950. Mobile phone users must dial 0389 before dialing the toll free number 1950.

The election commission also launched mobile app, called ‘Cvigil,’ for citizens to report any violation of the model code of conduct during elections. Apart from this the poll panel also launched Voter Helpline Apps and mobile apps for Person with Disability- ‘PwD Mobile Apps’ for filling electoral form for new voter registration, change of address and filing complaints related to electoral Services etc. The applications are available in google play store.

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