Finance Secretary Rajeev Kumar

The team will be headed by Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar (File)

Officials said on Wednesday that Election Commission of India (ECI) officials will visit Mizoram on August 29 in view of the assembly elections later this year. The team will comprise three constitutional authorities and 17 officers and will be headed by Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

He said that the schedule for the assembly elections is expected to be announced in October.

Meanwhile, a meeting was called by state Chief Secretary Renu Sharma on Wednesday to discuss preparations ahead of the visit of the 20-member EC delegation. The meeting was attended by Director General of Police, Mizoram, Commissioner and Secretary, General Administration Department, Secretary to the Governor, Secretary, Information and Public Relations Department and other officers of the election departments. During the meeting, the security arrangements for the delegation of the Election Commission were discussed.

Preparation for 2023 Mizoram Assembly Elections

The Election Commission (EC) has started preliminary preparations for the elections to the 40-member state legislature.

On 4 August, Mizoram’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas visited various districts to oversee preparations for the upcoming elections. An official said that several districts have set up Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) demonstration centres.

Senior police officers of various districts have also conducted vulnerability mapping within their respective districts and meetings at important polling stations, the official said. The state government has transferred state civil service and police officers in view of the upcoming elections.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga, president of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), has announced the party candidates for Hachek and Serchhip constituencies. In contrast, the Congress also announced its candidates to contest the Hanathiyal, Siaha and Serchhip assembly seats. Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) has officially announced 39 candidates for the state elections.

Mizoram is currently ruled by the Mizo National Front (MNF). In 2018, the MNF got 26 seats in the 40-seat assembly. The Congress could win only five seats, three less than independent candidates owing allegiance to the ZPM.

(with inputs from agencies)

first published: 17 August 2023 | 4:19 pm First

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