Mizoram Assembly elections 2018 results live | MNF wins, Congress loses its last Northeast outpost

Officials moving for counting in Mizoram's Mamit district.   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

The regional party Mizo National Front (MNF) is back to power in Mizoram after winning in 26 of the 40 Assembly constituencies. While the ruling Congress managed to win five seats, the BJP won only one seat.

Polls to the 40-seat Mizoram Assembly were held on November 28. The key contest was between the ruling Congress and the MNF, with Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla seeking a third consecutive term. The BJP also aimed to make a debut in the northeastern State, buoyed by the party’s success in the recently concluded elections in the region. Mr. Thanhawla has himself lost ib both the seats he contested from.

As most exit polls suggested, the Congress lost Mizoram, its last outpost in the Northeast. The MNF was expected not to win the required 21 seats to form a government in the 40 member Assembly, but the party proved all predictions wrong.

Watch: The Hindu Associate Editor Narayan Lakshman and Political Editor Nistula Hebbar discuss Assembly election results

 

Rahul Karmakar provides updates from Aizawl.

Here are the live updates:

8:40 pm

ECI notifies elected members

The results of the elections in all the Assembly Constituencies of Mizoram have been declared by the Returning Officers concerned on Tuesday evening.

The Election Commission also notified the names of the members elected for those Constituencies, along with their party affiliation, if any, in it.

Click here for the ECI notificiation

7:30 pm

MNF bounces back to power, Congress loses last bastion in Northeast

The Mizo National Front (MNF) on Tuesday scripted a spectacular victory in Mizoram, uprooting the Congress in its last bastion in the Northeast to return to power after 10 years.

The MNF won 26 seats in the 40-member Assembly, a gain of 21 seats since 2013. The Congress managed to bag only five seats compared to 34 seats it won in the 2013 Assembly elections.

No party in the State has so far been able to form government thrice in a row since 1987 when Mizoram became a full-fledged State.

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5:40 pm

Mizoram final party position

Party

Won

MNF

26

ZPM

08

INC

05

BJP

01

Others

00

 

5:30 pm

Lal Thanhawla submits resignation

PTI reports that Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has submitted his resignation to Governor K. Rajasekharan, according to its official source.

5:25 pm

Zoramthanga to meet Governor at 6 p.m.

According to a statement from MNF, Mr. Zoramthanga has been unanimously elected as leader of the MNF legislature party in Mizoram. Mr. Zoramthanga will meet Governor  Rajasekharan at 6 p.m. to stake claim to form government, the statement added. — PTI

5:00 pm

Zoramthanga back with a bang

After being in political wilderness for two Assembly terms, rebel-turned-politician Zoramthanga is back with a bang as he led the Mizo National Front (MNF) to a thumping victory in the State’s elections.

Mr. Zoramthanga has been Chief Minister of Mizoram twice. He was a former underground leader and a close aide of the legendary MNF leader Laldenga.

74-year-old Zoramthanga joined the underground MNF while waiting for his bachelor’s degree in arts at the DM College in Imphal. The MNF, led by Laldenga, declared independence from the Indian Union on March 1, 1966.

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3:53 p.m.

MNP set to form government with win in 23 seats. The party continuing its lead in three more. Congress manages to win only five; it won 34 seats in 2013. 

3:15 p.m.

Congress wins five seats, also five other seats are won by Independent candidates.  MNF wins 20 seats and leading in six.

2:50 p.m.

Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has announced that he will be submitting his resignation to the Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan at 5 pm on Tuesday.

MNF is inching towards gaining a majority in the State with win in 19 seats. The party is leading in seven more seats.  Congress on the other hand has won four and are leading in one seat.

2:00 p.m.

Congress wins four seats and is leading in two. Congress candidates Lalrindika Ralte from Hachhek, Ngunlianchunga from Lawngtlai West, Thorang's Zodintluanga Ralte and Nihar Kanti Chakma from West tuipui have won.

MNF wins 15, leads in nine. Besides, five seats are won by Independent candidates.

1:20 p.m.

 

1:15 p.m.

MNF wins twelve seats and are leading in another ten. Independent candidates including Vanlalhlana from Aizawl North i, Lalduhoma from Serchipp and Lalchhuanthanga from Aizawl South ii are the three Independent candidates to win.

BJP is leading in one and Congress in six.

12:50 p.m.

 

Independent candidate C. Lalchhuanthanga from Aizawl South II defeats Denghmingthanga of MNF by 179 votes. Eight more Independent candidates are leading.

Meanwhile, MNF has secured seven seats are leading in 15. Congress on the other hand, facing setback leading in only five. BJP continues to lead in one.

12:35 p.m.

Mizoram CM Lal Thanhawla has lost his pet Serchhip seat to ZPM's Lalduhoma by 283 votes. He also lost the Champhai South seat.

12:25 p.m.

More good news for MNF candidates. Vanlaltanpuia from Lunglei wins against Independent cadidate by about 400 votes. Ramthanmawia from East Tuipui wins against Independent candidate but by 587 margin. Tawnluia wins from Tuichang, also defeating an Independent candidate.

The party has own five seats and leading in 17 seats. Independent candidates are leading in nine, whereas Congress in five and BJP in one seat.

12:10 p.m.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, reacting to the early trends, says: "People voted against the BJP. This is the people’s verdict and victory of the people of this country. Victory of democracy and victory against injustice, atrocities, destruction of institutions, misuse of agencies, no work for poor people, farmers, youth, Dalits, SC, ST, OBC, minorities and general caste. Semifinal proves that BJP is nowhere in all the states. This is a real democratic indication of 2019 final match. Ultimately, people are always the ‘man of the match’ of democracy. My congrats to the winners."

12:05 p.m.

Close to the final round of counting — up to six in some — for Mizoram’s 40 Assembly seats, the Congress is set to lose Mizoram with rival Mizo National Front (MNF) heading for a majority.

In Tawi, MNF candidate R. Lalzirliana defeated his nearest ZPM rival R. Lalthatluanga. Mr Lalzirliana, a former Home Minister, quit the Congress before the Assembly election.

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11: 50 a.m.

MNF wins one seat and leading in 20 more. ‎T.J. Lalnuntluanga wins from from Champhai South. He defeats Chief Minister Thanhawla by 1049 margin. Champhai district comprises the Assembly constituencies of Tuichang, Champhai North, East Tuipui and Lengteng.

In Mizoram, CM tend to lose both seats contested after 10 years in power. MNF's Zoramthanga lost both the contesting seats in 2008, now Lal Thanhawla has already lost one, and is leading marginally in the other.

11:15 a.m.

Scene at MNF headquarters in Aizawl.

Scene at MNF headquarters in Aizawl.   | Photo Credit: Rahul Karmakar

 

MNF is surging ahead having a lead in 21 of the 40 seats in Mizoram Assembly, while the ruling Congress is trailing way behind, according to the latest trend.

The Congress is leading in six constituencies, Election Commission sources said. The Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) is leading in 10 seats and the BJP is leading in one seat.

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10:40 a.m.

Trends are yet to arrive from three seats in Mamit district, where the highest number of Brus are registered. EC had arranged polling for refugees residing in Tripura at the inter-state border village of Kanhmun in Mamit. Besides there are Hachhek, Dampa and Mamit constituencies with 14 per cent of the total voters being refugees.

The place of voting for 11,232 Bru voters had become the most controversial issue in the run up to the polls, leading to replacement of the Chief Electoral Officer S.B. Shashank in less than two weeks ahead of the State election.

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Watch: why Brus have been residing in Tripura

 

10:20 a.m.

In Serchipp, where CM Thanhawla is trailing, Independent cadidate and ZPM president Lalduhoma is leading, after round one.

However, Lalduhoma, a retired IPS officer who was in charge of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s security, would rather not “jump the gun” going by the electoral outcomes in the past. His old party, the Zoram Nationalist Party, had failed to live up to expectations in the last three elections.

According to data derived from Mizoram CEO's office, MNF leading in 18, Congress in 7, ZPM and BJP 1 each.

10:00 a.m.

CM Lal Thanhawla, who is contesting from the Serchhip seat and Champhai South in Champhai district is trailing in both, shows the recent trend.

The three-time Chief Minister, who has been an MLA nine times since 1978 and declared his age as 80 in his latest election affidavit, earlier hinted at the BJP capitalising on the Bru refugee issue and trying to influence voters with money power. He discarded anti-incumbency, said there was not even a breeze against the Congress, “not to speak of a wave”. It was only the MNF which was talking about ‘anti-incumbency’.

“Any anti-Mizo party would want to capitalise on the Bru issue,” Mr. Thanhawla said. “Vested interests in Tripura camps are at work. Right from 1997, I have been appealing to them not to leave, and had arrested the few anti-social elements responsible for the disturbance,” he he in an interview to The Hindu.

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9:45 a.m.

With the early trends showing MNF trending, party workers in the headquarter are all in smiles. 

 

9:30 a.m.

According to exit polls, the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) is expected to play a bigger role than the BJP in the State. The rightwing party is hopeful of making a debut in the State, riding on the votes of minority tribes such as the Chakma and Bru. The ZPM and BJP are expected to win 10-12 seats between them.

BJP currently leading in one seat.

9:15 a.m.

Early trends are here! According to ECI website, MNF is leading in two seats and BJP leading in one. In 2013 MNF 5 won seats and 28.65%, and BJP zero seats and 0.37% votes.

9:00 a.m.

 

Postal ballots cast by government employees deployed on election duty and votes cast by service voters, who exercised their franchise from outside the State through electronic transmitted postal ballots (ETPB), are being counted first.

Mizoram is the last bastion of the Congress in the northeast. No party in the State has so far been able to form government thrice in a row since 1987 when Mizoram became a full-fledged State.  - PTI

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8:30 a.m.

Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is contesting from the Serchhip seat and Champhai South in Champhai district, where the voting percentage was 75.

While the Congress and MNF fielded candidates in all 40 seats, the BJP fielded in 39 followed by Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) in 37, Zoram Thar in 23, People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram in 14, National People’s Party in nine, and Nationalist Congress Party in five.

There are four independents in the fray, though the unregistered ZPM and Zoram Thar candidates are contesting as independents.

8:00 a.m.

Counting begins for the 40 member Assembly seats in 13 counting centres of the eight district headquarters. All eyes on 209 candidates,  of which 15 are women.

Total candidates list Mizoram: Congress & MNF: 40 each, BJP 39, ZPM 37, Zoram Thar 24, PRISM 14, NPP 9, NCP 5, Independent 4. Aizawl East-I is the only non-reserved (non-ST) seat in the State.

7:30 a.m.

Voters show their identity card as they stand in queue at a polling station in Kanhmun, Mizoram.

Voters show their identity card as they stand in queue at a polling station in Kanhmun, Mizoram.   | Photo Credit: PTI

 

The Election Commission of India, Mizoram, has announced that three tier "cordoning system" will be set up in all 13 counting centres to prevent the entry of unauthorized persons inside the counting centre. There are 40 observers and 467 micro-observers and 27 reserve micro–observers in all 40 counting halls.

Some facts

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

The MNF ruled Mizoram from 1998 to 2008 after an almost 10-year Congress reign. The Congress returned to power in 2008, winning 32 seats and continued by winning 34 seats and 44.63 % votes in 2013, MNF 5 seats and 28.65%, and BJP zero seats and 0.37% votes.

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