Protests against EC’s decision to allow postal ballot for Bru voters

The Election Commission on Tuesday deferred polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram from April 9 to April 11 after several NGOs and student bodies called a 72-hour bandh in protest against the EC’s decision to allow voters from the Bru community to vote through postal ballots from relief camps in Tripura.

The shutdown — it began on Monday and brought the State to a standstill — was called off on Tuesday afternoon after the EC said that in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in future, Bru voters enrolled in electoral rolls in Mizoram, but sheltered in refugee camps in Tripura, would have to cast their votes in Mizoram. Six Lok Sabha seats in four northeast States will go to the polls on Wednesday.