In Tripura,Brus vote for Mizoram polls

Roughly 11,000 Bru voters are eligible to vote to nine constituencies.

Written by Express News Service | Aizawl | Published: November 20, 2013 3:31:25 am

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 to nine constituencies in three western Mizoram districts.

About 23 per cent of the eligible voters were calculated to have cast their votes till the evening,according to joint CEO Lalengmawia,who added no untoward incident has 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 that 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 the Mizo Students Union had during 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 team of 86 officials plus security personnel went via the West Phaileng route farther south.

Apart from an observer each for each of the six camps,a special observer too has been appointed.

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