Bru tribals lodged in six Tripura relief camps on Tuesday began voting amid tight security at 7 am through postal ballots in Mizoram’s assembly polls.
Roughly 11,000 Bru voters are eligible to vote from nine constituencies in three western Mizoram districts.
About 23 percent of the eligible voters are calculated to have cast their votes by the time of filing this report,according to Joint CEO Lalengmawia,who added no untoward incidents have been reported on the first of two days polling is to take place in the camps.
With various Mizo student bodies opposing the EC’s arrangements for Brus to vote in the elections from outside the state and political parties’ fears the polls may be rigged in the camps,three platoons of security forces have been dispatched for the two-day polling in the camps.
About 100 members of a student group,Mizo Student’s Union,had in the weekend laid siege to the bridge across the Langkaih river at Kanhmun village that divides Mizoram from Tripura to stop polling parties from reaching the camps,but the officials numbering 86 persons plus security personnel went via the West Phaileng route further south.
Apart from an observer each for each of the six camps,a special observer has also been appointed to oversee the voting.