Mizoram Assembly Election 2023: The counting of votes for the Mizoram Assembly election has been changed to December 4, the Election Commission of India (ECI) informed on Friday. Earlier, it was scheduled for December 3 along with the results of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.
The decision was taken following representations from various quarters requesting for a change in the date of counting from December 3 on the ground that Sunday holds a special significance for the people of Mizoram, a Christian-majority state.
"The Commission, having considered these representations, has decided to revise the date of counting for the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Mizoram from 3rd December, 2023 (Sunday) to 4th December, 2023 (Monday)," it stated.
Members of the Mizoram NGO Coordination Committee held protests across the state on Friday seeking a change in the date of counting of votes. The committee is an umbrella body of major civil society organisations and student bodies, including the influential Central Young Mizo Association and Mizo Zirlai Pawl.
India TV-CNX Exit Poll predicts hung House in Mizoram
On Thursday, India TV-CNX Exit Poll predicted a hung assembly in Mizoram. The survey also projected that the Mizo National Front (MNF) is likely to emerge as the single largest party and may win 14–18 seats. There are a total of 40 Assembly seats in the state.
Lalduhoma's Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) may come in second with 12–16 seats, while the Congress, one of the main contenders, may win only 8–10 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may win 0–2 seats, says the India TV–CNX Exit Poll projection.
Polling for the 40-member Mizoram assembly was held on November 7. More than 80 per cent of the over 8.57 lakh voters exercised their franchise to decide the fate of 174 candidates.
Earlier, the Election Commission changed the date of polling for the Rajasthan assembly elections from November 23 to November 25 following demands for a change given 'large-scale' weddings in the state that day.
(With inputs from PTI)