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Voting is underway in Mizoram for Assembly Elections. Polling is being held here in 40 seats, around 49% turnout was reported in Mizoram till 1 pm, according to Election Commission officials.
The main fight here is between the Congress and the Mizo National Front, although the BJP is also aiming to take control from the Congress which has been ruling the northeast state since it was formed in 1987.
Polling in the 40-member legislative assembly of the hill state will decide the fate of 209 candidates. The BJP which has never won an assembly election in Mizoram - is contesting in 39 seats. Mizoram has one all-women polling booth in each of its 40 constituencies this time.
Mizoram has a population of about 10 lakh, which includes nearly 7.68 lakh voters, is seen by the BJP as the "final frontier" in the North-East as it is in power in all other states of the region, either by winning polls or aligning with regional parties.
Modi took to Twitter to reach out to people and requested them to vote.
I request my sisters and brothers of Mizoram, particularly the dynamic youth of the state, to turnout in large numbers and vote.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 28, 2018
Areas have been under complete security, Referring to the steps taken for security from elections point of view, police officials said that special attention has been given to the states of Assam, Manipur and Tripura along with the borders of the state.
DGP of Mizoram has sought cooperation from their counterparts in these states.
The votes will be counted on December 11 with the other four states Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana.