Mizoram: NGOCC Delegation Heads to ECI Urging Rescheduling of Assembly Polls Vote Counting Date
Northeast Desk, 21st November: In a significant development, Mizoram’s influential NGO Coordination Committee (NGOCC) has resolved to dispatch a delegation to Delhi, reiterating its plea to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to reconsider the state assembly election vote counting date of December 3. The committee emphasizes that Sundays are revered for Christians, with services held in all towns and villages on that day.
The decision to send the delegation to Delhi follows a meeting between state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas and the ECI last week, during which the ECI reportedly conveyed its stance against changing the counting date to December 3. This decision has sparked considerable discontent among political and non-political entities in Mizoram.
Since the announcement of the election schedule for the Mizoram Assembly on October 9, with polling held on November 7, various stakeholders, including ruling and opposition parties, church bodies, NGOs, CSOs, and individuals, have repeatedly urged the poll panel to reconsider the counting date.
The election, involving the 40-member Mizoram assembly, aligns with the vote counting on December 3 (Sunday), coinciding with four other states—Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Telangana.