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Local body polls held in Mizoram
Correspondent

 
 AIZAWL, Aug 27 - Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people today turned out in large numbers to vote in the elections to the local bodies in Mizoram.

 Elections to over 500 village councils in nine districts and over 70 local councils within the Aizawl municipal area, with the exception of at least 29 village/local councils, were held peacefully, officials said. Voters strictly maintained social distancing while exercising their franchise, they added.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga and former Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla cast their votes at the Zarkawt polling station.

Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister Zoramthanga posted pictures of him voting.

“I participated in the Mizoram General Election to Village Councils and Local Councils, 2020. Thanking all the election officials and every part-taker for providing safe platform to many voters in exercising our constitutional franchise amidst this pandemic,” Zoramthanga tweeted.

The State Election Commission on Wednesday deferred elections to the local bodies in at least nine villages and 21 local councils in Aizawl to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. There has been a surge in local transmission in these areas.

The rural and local body polls this time witnessed a triangular contest between the ruling Mizo National Front and two Opposition parties – the Zoram Peoples Movement and the Congress. There are altogether 558 village councils in nine districts barring three ADC areas in the southern part of the State and 83 local councils within the Aizawl municipal area.

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