The State Assembly Polls in Mizoram has been scheduled on November 28. But the clash between the Chief Electoral Officer S B Shashank and the State Government with the support of the civil societies has not arrived at any consensus. Shashank is allegedly trying to facilitate Bru voters in Tripura relief camps to vote on November 28 from Tripura itself, which has been vehemently opposed by locals in Mizoram.
Several political parties in Mizoram have demanded that the Bru-voters in Tripura should return to Mizoram and attain their voting rights and then vote for the upcoming assembly elections. But, CEO, SB Shashank have made arrangements for the voters to vote in Tripura itself for the assembly polls in Mizoram, which is not acceptable by the major political parties and civil society bodies in Mizoram.
Furthermore, Shashank allegedly sought deployment of additional central armed police forces (CAPF) in the State and complained to the EC that the state’s former principal secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo was interfering with the poll process. A three-member team from the Election Commission visited Mizoram to resolve the issues with the government officials and the NGOs. The Election Commission on Monday asked for two more names from the Mizoram government for the post of Chief Electoral Officer. The government has already proposed the names of three IAS officers, as desired by the Commission.
Thousands of people from the Bru community had fled Mizoram in 1997 following ethnic clashes. They have since been living in relief camps in Tripura.