Assembly elections live updates | Polling begins in Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh

Polling began in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram after closely-fought campaigns. In MP, the Congress is seeking to oust the BJP which has been in power in for the last 15 years, while in Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is seeking a third consecutive term as the BJP looks to uproot the Congress in its last bastion in the Northeast.

The counting is scheduled for December 11.

Mizoram | 9.30 p.m.

15% polling in Mizoram

As of 9.00 a.m., voting percentage in 40 Assembly seats in Mizoram stood at 15%, says Chief Election Officer Ashish Kundra. The local social organisations are providing water and benches to sit on for the voters waiting in line.

Bru voters assemble at Kahnmun's Young Mizo Association (YMA) playground where 15 special booths for Bru refugees of 9 Assembly seats in Mizoram have been set up.

Bru voters assemble at Kahnmun’s Young Mizo Association (YMA) playground where 15 special booths for Bru refugees of 9 Assembly seats in Mizoram have been set up.
 
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Madhya Pradesh | 9.00 am

Polling begins in Madhya Pradesh

Polling began Wednesday morning to elect a 230-member assembly in Madhya Pradesh, where the ruling BJP and opposition Congress are fighting for supremacy.

Polling is being held between 8 am and 5 pm on 227 seats, while in three assembly segments – Lanji, Paraswada and Baihar – in the Naxal-affected Balaghat district, voting time is between 7 am to 3 pm.

As many as 2,899 candidates, including 1,094 independents, are in the fray for the 230 seats, but the main contest is between the Congress and BJP – the Big Two of MP politics.

The state has 5.04 crore eligible voters.

Mizoram | 8.10 a.m.

An elderly Bru refugee reacts after casting her vote at Kahnmun playground in Mizoram on Wednesday. Kanhmun is an inter-state border village between Mizoram and Tripura.

An elderly Bru refugee reacts after casting her vote at Kahnmun playground in Mizoram on Wednesday. Kanhmun is an inter-state border village between Mizoram and Tripura.  
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Polling begins amid tight security in Mizoram

Amid tight security, polling began at 7 a.m. for the 40-member Mizoram assembly election, officials said, reports IANS.

According to senior police officials, around 11,100 security personnel comprising central paramilitary and state security forces have been deployed to foil any attempt to create trouble during the polling.

Voting will continue uninterrupted till 4 pm.

In all 768,181 voters, including 393,685 women, would decide the electoral fate of the 209 candidates, of whom 15 are women. In 2013, only six women had contested and none were successful.

Mizoram’s Joint Chief Electoral Officer Zorammuana said that no untoward incident has been reported so far from anywhere in the State.

Mizoram | 8.00 a.m.

4,363 service voters issued electronic ballots

All preparations have been made and now we are ready to conduct free and fair elections, informed state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra.

CEO Kundra said, “A total of 209 candidates are in fray. There are 4,363 service voters in the state who have been issued electronic ballots for the first time. 3,915 specially-abled voters are there in the state. One polling station in each assembly constituency has been declared for women, as per the rules. 13,451 postal ballots have been issued so far.”

Madhya Pradesh | 7.50 a.m.

To the booths after a closely fought contest

As campaigning for elections to the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly ended on Monday evening, the ruling BJP and the Congress sounded upbeat.

The BJP is hoping for a straight fourth term in a State that has traditionally been a stronghold of the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliates. But the Congress is banking on an anti-incumbency mood due to 15 years of uninterrupted BJP rule.

Mizoram | 7.40 a.m.

Can Congress hold on to its last N-E bastion?

Christian-majority State of Mizoram is voting to decide whether the Congress will hold on to its last bastion in the North-East or make way for a change of government.

But for the first time since it attained statehood in 1986, Mizoram is unsure whether the Congress’s traditional rival Mizo National Front (MNF) or another political entity would be that ‘change.’ Much of this uncertainty is attributed to an aggressive Bharatiya Janata Party queering the poll pitch in a State where it had been content with a token presence in all past elections since 1993.

Also read: Bru refugees may find it tough to vote

(With inputs from Agencies)

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