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Mizoram MADC Polls: MNF, Cong, BJP and ZPM release candidate lists

Four political parties, including the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) have released their list of candidates for elections to the Mara Autonomous District Council or MADC in Siaha district which

Four political parties, including the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) have released their list of candidates for elections to the Mara Autonomous District Council or MADC in Siaha district which will be held on May 5.

The MNF, Congress, and the BJP have fielded candidates in all 25 seats, while the main opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) which is contesting the MADC polls for the first time, has announced names of eight candidates.

The BJP is currently in power in the MADC.

Releasing the names of party candidates on Wednesday, state BJP president Vanlalhmuaka said the saffron party is expecting to win 15 to 17 seats in the upcoming polls.

The last date for filing nomination papers ended on Wednesday, while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is on April 18.

The counting of votes will be conducted on May 9.

The election process will be completed on May 11 and the first meeting of the new council is scheduled for May 13.

As many as 42,326 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the upcoming MADC polls.

MADC is one of the three autonomous district councils which were constituted in the southern part of the state as per the sixth schedule of the Constitution.

The council has 25 elected and 3 nominated members.

In the last council polls held in May 2017, the Congress had registered a landslide victory by securing 17 seats, while the MNF and Mara Democratic Front or MDF combine won seven and an Independent was elected.

Later, the MDF members joined the BJP when the regional party merged with the saffron camp. In 2019, most Congress members of the MADC defected to the BJP.

 

First Published: 14th April, 2022 10:54 IST

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