Chief minister Zoramthanga addressing a function at Aibawk village near Aizawl

Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga on Friday expressed happiness over peaceful elections for the lone Lok Sabha seat and assembly by-election to Aizawl West-I that ended successfully on Thursday.

Addressing a party meeting in Aizawl, Zoramthanga thanked the people for cooperating with the Election Commission for peaceful elections. He also lauded polling officials for their efforts in enabling voters to exercise their franchise.

He also said that the people of Mizoram have set a role model for other states of the nation in terms of conducting peaceful elections.

Mizoram went to elections on Thursday for the lone Lok Sabha seat and Aizawl West-I assembly constituency under a conducive atmosphere with a poll turnout of 63.08 % between 7 am and 5 pm.

Significantly, the maximum voter turnout was witnessed in Lunglei district at 65.37%, followed by Lawngtlai district at 64.69%. Siaha district recorded the least voter turnout at 60.03 % in the state.

In the meantime, the assembly by-election recorded a total voter turnout of 70.40%.

Altogether Mizoram has a total of 7,87,777 electorates, including 4,04,169 female voters and five third gender voters.

State joint chief electoral officer H Lienzela, while speaking to EastMojo, said that that all polling officials have reached their respective district headquarters with EVMs on Friday evening. He said that EVMs were stored in 36 strong rooms across the state.

Counting for the Lok Sabha polls and assembly by-election in Mizoram will be held simultaneously with rest of the country on May 23.

Speaking over the complaint filed by opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) and Congress over posters in Lunglei district, Lienzela said that explanations were called as result of which officials, who were responsible for the mistake have clarified the matter.

He also added that the wrong posters were soon rectified and replaced with new (corrected) one as soon as reports were received.

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