Mizoram: The election to the 19 wards of the Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) was held peacefully today.
A total of 47.71 pr cent of the 2.18 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 1 PM, informed the election officials. The voting took plave from 7am to 4 pm.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga while casting his vote said that he is confident of winning the elections by bagging at least 12 to 13 wards. The CM further stated that the people have faith in the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF)
Meanwhile Congress chief and former Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla who also exercised his franchise asserted that the party has fielded good candidates and is hopeful of winning the AMC elections.
66 candidates, including 20 women are contesting the AMC elections. It needs to be mentioned here that six of the 19 wards are reserved for women.
The counting of votes will commence on February 18.
The ruling MNF and opposition Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) and Congress have fielded candidates in 19 seats each, while the BJP in contesting in nine wards.
In the last 2015 AMC elections, the MNF had won 11 seats, while the Congress had bagged seven and the Mizoram People's Conference one.
The term of the present AMC' ended in December 2020. But the election could not be conducted due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. An administrator was appointed to run the civic body till the polls are held and results declared.
Earlier the Government of Mizoram has declared the February 16 as a ''Public Holiday'' for government servants including employees of both Central and State Public Sector Undertakings, financial and educational institutions to enable them to exercise their right to franchise in the general election to the Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC).
The election was conducted whilst maintaining the Covid-19 protocols.