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Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram Assembly Election 2018 Highlights: 65.5% voter turnout in MP, 71% in Mizoram as polling ends

Madhya Pradesh (MP), Mizoram Assembly Election 2018 Voting Highlights: In Madhya Pradesh, BJP's Shivraj Singh Chouhan will look to continue as the Chief Minister for a fourth term. In Mizoram, the Congress is eyeing a third term in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 28, 2018 8:41:12 pm
Elections LIVE Updates: voting underway madhya pradesh assembly polls, mizoram assembly polls Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram Election 2018 Highlights: Displaced Brus crossing over from Tripura to Kanhmun to cast their votes. (Source: CEO Mizoram)

Madhya Pradesh (MP), Mizoram Assembly Election 2018 Highlights: Voting for the state Assembly elections ended in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram Wednesday evening. For the 230-member Madhya Pradesh assembly, it is largely a two-way contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress. BJP, a party that has been in power for 15 years and battling anti-incumbency, will be looking for a fourth term in a row while the Congress is hoping to cause an upset. Polling will begin at 8 am till 5 pm in 227 seats, while in three Assembly segments of Lanji, Paraswada and Baihar in the Naxal-affected Balaghat district, the voting time is between 7 am to 3 pm.

In Mizoram, the ruling Congress party will be eyeing a third consecutive term, the party has been in power in the state since 2008. The Congress and the main Opposition, the MNF, have fielded 40 candidates each, while the BJP is contesting in 39 seats for the 40-member Assembly. The voting process began at 7 am, amid tight security, and would continue till 4 pm, Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra said. Borders with neighbouring countries — Myanmar and Bangladesh, and states — Tripura, Assam and Manipur, have been sealed in view of the polls.

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The results will be declared on December 11 along with three other states.

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Elections Highlights: Campaigning for assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram ended on Monday, setting the stage for polling today.

20:23 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Kamal Nath confident of Congress victory after today's polls
19:17 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Madhya Pradesh: '883 ballot units and 881 control units were replaced today'
17:39 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Mizoram: 71 per cent votes cast at the end of polling

About 71 per cent votes were cast at the end of polling in Mizoram, PTI quoted state Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra.

Bru refugees line up outside polling booths at Kanhmun in Mizoram, right across the Tripura-Mizoram border. (Express photo by Debraj Deb)
17:20 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Polling ends in Madhya Pradesh

Polling for the state Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh ended. A polling percentage of 65.5 per cent was recorded.

16:32 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Three employees died due to health reasons while performing their poll duties across Madhya Pradesh

Three employees died due to health reasons while performing their poll duties since morning in Dhar, Indore and Guna districts, he said. The Chief Election commission officer said that at Gadhpura in Bhind district, a person was injured in violence but it was not poll-related. Over three lakh government employees, including nearly 45,000 women, are on poll duty across the state.

16:17 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Vote a weapon, use carefully: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday urged people in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram to exercise their franchise in large numbers, saying "time for change" has come and electors should vote for prosperity and progress. 

15:50 (IST)28 Nov 2018
745 EVMs, VVPAT machines replaced

As many as 745 EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines were replaced Wednesday in Madhya Pradesh, where voting for the Assembly elections is underway, a senior poll official said.

The announcement by state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao came after Congress leaders claimed that EVMs at many places had malfunctioned.

"There have been several complaints that EVMs at many places malfunctioned. We have have written to the Election Commission and demanded that voting time in these polling booths should be extended to compensate for the delay," Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said.

15:29 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Mizoram: Voter turnout at 54% till 3 pm

Nearly 54 per cent of voters exercised their franchise till 3 pm Wednesday in the Mizoram Assembly elections. 

Voters line up outside the polling booth. (Express photo by Debraj Deb)
15:21 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Madhya Pradesh: Voter turnout at 50% till 3 pm
14:22 (IST)28 Nov 2018
13:42 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Can consider repolling if voters left due to malfunction of EVM: CEC OP Rawat

On instances of EVMs malfunctioning in Madhya Pradesh CEC O P Rawat said, "There were few complaints on malfunction of some EVMs & VVPAT machines, they’ve been replaced. If it's observed that voters left due to malfunction, we can consider re-polling at that particular polling station."

13:31 (IST)28 Nov 2018
CEC O P Rawat: Local officers at polling booth can take call to extend time or not

CEC O P Rawat responds to Jyotiraditya Scindia's request that EC should extend polling time due to EVM malfunction. Rawat said, "There are provisions for extension of time at polling booths, the local officers can take the call as they see fit. The matter does not need to be handled by the commission."

13:16 (IST)28 Nov 2018
MP assembly polls: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan cast his vote from Budhni seat
12:58 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Atleast 42 VVPAT machines replaced in Mizoram

Forty-two VVPATs, 25 ballot units and 19 control units were being replaced in various polling stations, the Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra said. Bru voters from six relief camps in North Tripura district were arriving in batches at Kanhmun village, along the Mizoram-Tripura border, where 15 temporary polling stations have been set up.

12:35 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Mizoram: 21% of all Bru refugees cast their votes

Mizoram Elections 2018: Nodal officer Abhishek Kumar appointed for the special polling booths set up for Bru refugees at Kanhmun, said that 21 per cent of all Bru refugees cast their votes by 11 am in 15 polling booths which were used for nine assembly constituencies.

12:22 (IST)28 Nov 2018

Madhya Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of 21% while Mizoram saw 29 per cent of polling till 11 am, reports ANI.

12:18 (IST)28 Nov 2018
MP elections: Reports of several EVMs malfunctioning in the state, have complained to EC, says Jyotiraditya Scindia

There have been many complaints of several EVMs malfunctioning, have written to the Election Commission on the issue. I have requested that voting time in these polling booths be extended to compensate for the delay: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia

12:06 (IST)28 Nov 2018
Replacing faulty voting machines in Madhya Pradesh

Around 70 Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were replaced at various polling booths across the central state following complaints of technical snags, MP's Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao told reporters.

11:58 (IST)28 Nov 2018
MP: Kailash Vijayvargiya on his way to cast vote in Indore
11:36 (IST)28 Nov 2018
EC announces compensation for family of deceased election officials

Election Commission announces Rs 10 lakh compensation for the kin of three EC officials who passed away while on election duty in Madhya Pradesh. One official from Guna while two in Indore were reported to have passed away. (ANI)

Mizoram assemby elections 2018 madhya pradesh assembly elections 2018 Bru refugees wait in queue outside polling station at Kanhmun in Mizoram on Wednesday morning. (Express photo by Debraj Deb)

Elections LIVE Updates: There has been a high-pitched election campaign by both the BJP and Congress in the poll-bound states. In MP, the Congress is taking on the ruling BJP that has had three straight stints in power. There as many as 2,899 candidates, including 1,094 Independents, in the fray for the 230 seats. The state has 5.04 crore eligible voters.

In Mizoram, the Congress has been in power since 2008 and will be eyeing third consecutive term. Zoram People's Movement (ZPM), a conglomerate of two political parties -- the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) and Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) -- and five other groups, are in the fray for 35 seats. The National People's Party and the Nationalist Congress Party are contesting eight seats and five seats respectively. Six independents are also in the fray.

The results will be declared on December 11.