Mizoram: The Mizoram Assembly Election 2018 saw a voter turnout of 75 per cent till 6 PM. The fate of 209 candidates now remains sealed as 7.70 lakh voters turned out to vote for the state assembly polls.
Polling in the North-eastern state began at 7 AM and concluded at 4 PM. The election is being seen as a major litmus test for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress. While the Congress is vying for a third consecutive term in the state, Mizo National Front, BJP, National People’s Party and Zoram People’s Movement are equally geared up.
With incumbent Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla’s tenure ending on December 15, the Congress is fighting tooth and nail to reserve its north-east seat. CM Thanhawla contested from two seats– Serchhip and Champhai South.
The Congress and the MNF had fielded 40 candidates each, while the BJP contested on 39 seats. The Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM), an alliance formed by two political parties and four groups, contested on 35 seats.
Campaigning in the state saw paradigm shift this election season with political parties making extensive use of social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp to woo young voters. The ruling Congress banked heavily for the elections on its flagship New Land Use Policy (NLUP), which brought the party to power for two consecutive terms.
The campaign had reached its peak in the final week with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Other prominent leaders who campaigned in the state included Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh, National People’s Party (NPP) leader and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
The counting of votes will be held on December 11.