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AIZAWL, Dec. 4, 2023 (TBINN)

Zoram People’s Movement (Z.P.M.) crossed the halfway mark in early trends and was leading in 25 seats, besides winning one, as votes were being counted for the Assembly elections in Mizoram today, according to the Election Commission (E.C.).

The ruling Mizo National Front (M.N.F.) was leading in 10 seats, Bhartiya Janta Party in three and Congress in one, it said. Notably, Mizoram has 40 Assembly seats and 21 is the majority mark.

Deputy Chief Minister M. Tawnluia lost to Z.P.M.’s candidate W. Chhuanawma on the Tuichang Seat by a margin of 909 votes.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga was trailing in the Aizawl East-1 Seat to Z.P.M.’s Lalthansanga after two rounds of counting.

Health Minister R. Lalthangliana was trailing in the South Tuipui Seat and Z.P.M.’s candidate Jeje Lalpekhlua was leading. Z.P.M.’s C.M. candidate Lalduhoma was also leading on Serchhip Seat.

The counting was being held at 13 centres. Postal ballots were counted first and from 8.30 A.M , the counting for votes polled in the E.V.M.s began. In some of the seats that have a lesser number of voters, only two rounds of counting will be held, but in most of the constituencies, five rounds will be counted.

More than 4,000 personnel are involved in the counting process. In all, there are 399 tables for the E.V.M.s and 56 for the counting of postal ballots.

Polling was held on November 7, 2023 and over 80 per cent of the state’s 8.57 lakh voters exercised their franchise. A total of 174 candidates, including 18 women, were in the fray.

The M.N.F., Z.P.M. and Congress contested 40 seats each, while B.J.P. fielded candidates in 23 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party (A.A.P.), which contested the Assembly polls here for the first time, fought in four seats. Also, there were 17 Independent candidates.

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