Aizawl: Counting of votes in Mizoram Assembly elections would be held on Tuesday. If exit polls are an indication, the Congress is likely to lose the only state it held in the N-E. Zee News Maha Exit poll predicted 18 seats for the MNF while the Congress’ tally would drop to 16 from 34 in 2013.

According to Times Now-CNX, MNF will attain 18 seats while the Congress will win 16 seats. The exit polls by Republic-C-Voter showed the MNF getting between 16 and 20 seats. In the 40-seat Assembly, 21 seats would mean a clear majority.

Elections to the Mizoram Assembly were held on November 28. Days ahead of the voting, the EC had removed SB Shashank as the Chief Election Officer following demands for his ouster. He was replaced by IAS officer Ashish Kundra.

The order came after some civil society groups demanded Shashank’s ouster over a row on allowing Bru voters lodged in Tripura relief camps to exercise their franchise from there.

“The Election Commission of India in consultation with the Government of Mizoram hereby nominates Ashish Kundra as the chief electoral officer for the state of Mizoram with immediate effect,” a notification issued by the EC said.

Earlier, Shashank had alleged interference by the state government in preparation for the polls. Last month, he wrote to the EC where he alleged an “active role” by the state Home Department.