Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is among the nine candidates facing criminal cases out of over 200, who are in the fray for the state Assembly election, according to a report by two civil society organisations. Also Read - Medium-intensity Earthquake Jolts Mizoram, 8th Tremor in Nearly 3 Weeks

Mizo National Front (MNF) president and former chief minister Zoramthanga is another bigwig fighting criminal charges, the report of the Mizoram Election Watch (MEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said. Also Read - Earthquake of Magnitude 4.6 Hits Mizoram, 7th One in Last 15 Days, No Damage Reported

It is based on affidavits filed to the Election Commission by the aspirants. Also Read - Mizoram Jolted by Second Earthquake in Less Than 12 Hours; PM, HM Speak to Chief Minister

The others facing criminal charges are V Malsawmtluanga (Independent), Vl Zahawma Chawngthu (BJP), Rasik Mohan Chakma (MNF), Lalduhpuii (BJP), James Thanghmingmawia (Congress) and R Lalthangliana (MNF).

Out of the nine contestants, only four are facing serious criminal cases, it said.

While the Congress and the MNF are contesting all 40 constituencies this time, the BJP is fighting in 39 seats with an aim to open its account for the first time in Mizoram.

The state goes to poll on November 28.