The MADC is headquartered in Mizoram's Siaha district.

Aizawl: Polling for the 25-member Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) is underway in south Mizoram’s Siaha district to decide the fate of 85 candidates, an official said. 

Siaha Deputy Commissioner Lalsangliana, who is the returning officer, said that voting began at 7 am in all the 81 polling stations.

Polling is going on smoothly in all the polling stations, he said. 

There are 42,342 electorates, including 21,969 female voters in the MADC, he said.

Political analysts said the council polls are expected to see head to head fight between the Mizo National Front (MNF), the ruling party in the state, and the BJP, which is currently in power in the Mara council.

The MNF has fielded candidates on 25 seats, while the BJP is contesting from 24 constituencies, Congress (23) and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM)-8 seats. Five independent candidates are also in the fray.

Both the MNF and BJP are hopeful to win the council polls.

State BJP president Vanlalhmuaka said the party will win 14-17 seats.

In the last council polls held in May 2017, the Congress had won a simple majority by securing 17 seats, while the MNF and Mara Democratic Front (MDF) combined won 7 seats and one Independent candidate had been declared elected. In October 2017, the MDF merged with the BJP.

The council came under the BJP in 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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