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EC defers Mizoram election to April 11 over Bru voters issue

Apr 08, 2014 11:30 AM IST Politics Politics

Aizawl: The Election Commission has deferred the election dates for Mizoram to April 11 from April 9. This came after a 72-hour statewide bandh was called against the exercise of franchise by Bru voters lodged in Tripura camps through postal ballots.

Polling will be held in Mizoram on April 11 and re-polling, if any, on April 14, EC Secretary Narendra N Bhutolia said in a letter to the state Chief Electoral Officer Ashwani Kumar. The EC also decided that provision would be made during future elections for exercise of franchise within the state of Mizoram by Bru voters living in Tripura, but enrolled in the voter list of Mizoram.

The EC decision followed the 72-hour state-wide bandh called by the Joint NGO Coordination on Monday in protest against the exercise of franchise by Bru voters in six relief camps in Tripura on April one to April three, through postal ballots.

Except for the south Mizoram's Lawngtlai and Saiha districts, not a single polling party left the district headquarters for their places of poll duty yesterday due to the bandh. The bandh, however, was not enforced in the two districts due to late delivery of information from Aizawl, Jt NGO Coordination Chairman Lalbiakzuala said.

Meanwhile, the Joint NGO Coordination's demand of repatriation of all Brus from the six relief camps in North Tripura district within three months after completion of the election process and deletion of the names of those who would refuse to return to Mizoram from the voter lists was being deliberated by top state government officials.

(With additional information from PTI)