Mara Autonomous District Council building in Siaha, Mizoram Credit: File image

Aizawl: As many as 85 candidates are in the fray for the 25-member Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) polls in southern Mizoram’s Siaha district. The polls are scheduled to be held on May 5, an official said on Monday.

Siaha Deputy Commissioner Lalsangliana, who is the returning officer for the council polls, said the total candidates in the fray for the council polls now stands at 85 as one independent candidate from Siaha East -I constituency has withdrawn his candidature on Monday. 

The DC said the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) party has fielded candidates on 25 seats, BJP (24), Congress (23) and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) has decided to contest on 8 seats.

Five independent candidates are also contesting, the DC said.

According to the official, preparation for the upcoming council polls is in full swing and first level checking of EVMs has been already completed. 

He said allotment of symbols and issuance of final voter list to contesting parties will be undertaken on Tuesday. 

Counting of votes for the MADC will be held on May 9.

MADC is one of the three ADCs in the southern part of Mizoram, which was constituted in 1972 for the Mara people living in the state.

The council has 25 elected  and 3 nominated members.

In the last council polls in May 2017, the Congress had won a simple majority by securing 17 seats, while the MNF and Mara Democratic Front (MDF) combine won 7 and one Independent candidate had been declared the winner.  

In October 2017, the MDF merged with the BJP.

The council came under the BJP since June 2019 when all Congress members defected to the saffron party.

The BJP now has 17 members in the 25- member council, MNF (6) and Congress (2).

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