Mizoram Election Results 2018 Highlights: MNF's Zoramthanga stakes claim to form govt
Live updates of the 2018 Mizoram Assembly election results. The Mizo National Front is hoping to oust CM Lal Thanhawla-led Congress government in the state
Mizoram had gone for polling in a single phase on November 28. The tenure of this Assembly will end on December 15, 2018. A political party needs to win 21 seats to secure a simple majority.
The voter turnout in Mizoram was recorded at around 80 percent, against what was 83.41 percent in 2013. The single-phase voting happened after weeks of campaigning by state-level leaders from both sides and national level leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
The Indian National Congress has been in power in the state since 2008. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is hoping two win a third consecutive term. Congress is being challenged by the main opposition party Mizo National Front (MNF). The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a limited presence in the North Eastern state and is hoping to open win a seat for the first time there.
Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) and Zoram Peoples' Movement (ZPM) are two of the other key parties challenging the Congress. Mizoram is the last North Eastern state to have a Congress government.MNF’s charge is being led by former chief minister Zoramthanga.