Aizawl: The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF)- Hmar People’s Convention (HPC) alliance on Tuesday scripted history by winning with a thumping victory in the first general election to Sinlung Hills Council (SHC). The alliance bagged 10 seats in the 12-member council, while two independent candidates were declared elected after results were announced on Tuesday night.
Sitting chief executive member (CEM) Lalthlamuana Hmar of HPC-MNF combine defeated his nearest opponent, independent candidate Rohringa, by a margin of 245 votes in Sakawrdai North constituency. While sitting council chairman Lalmalsawma Darngawn smashed Congress nominee Darliensang Ralsun by a margin of 52 votes in Tinghmun constituency, sitting deputy chairman and former Hmar rebel leader Lalbiaknunga defeated Ramhluna of Congress by a strong margin of 465 votes in Saiphai constituency.
Prominent Hmar leader and ex-MLA candidate Lalvenhima Hmar defeated his opponent independent candidate H Lalhriatpuia in Suangpuilawn constituency. An independent candidate backed by Congress and ZPM Vanlalsiamsanga defeated his main rival Zokapliana of MNF-HPC combine nominee in Phuaibuang constituency and former Hmar rebel and HPC treasurer K Hrangkunga beat his opponent Rodingliana of Congress by a margin of 211 votes.
There are 20,914 electorates in SHC, which comprises of 31 villages from 12 constituencies. More than 73% of voters cast their votes. The swearing-in ceremony is likely to be held on Friday. Meanwhile, opposition congress while congratulating the elected members asked the ruling MNF to honour the agreement signed with HPC in order to maintain peace in the area.
A press statement issued by Congress said that CEM portfolio will be retained by HPC, Chairman by MNF and deputy chairman by HPC as per the agreement. The agreement also stated that out of the four executive members post, three will go to MNF and one to HPC, the statement said. Election officials said that polling was peaceful.
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