Mizoram Assembly Election result 2023: Zoramthanga loses Aizawl East-I to ZPM's Lalthansanga
Mizoram Assembly Election result 2023: Aizawl East-I is a crucial assembly constituency, with incumbent Chief Minister Zoramthanga was seeking re-election. However, Zoramthanga lost Aizawl East-I to ZPM's Lalthansanga.
Proving exit polls’ prediction of a hung assembly wrong, Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) is set to form the government as it defeated Mizo National Front. ZPM’s Lalthansanga has won in Aizawl East-I constituency with 10727 votes beating the incumbent chief minister and MNF candidate Zoramthanga. Zoramthanga secured second spot with 8626 votes.
Zoramthanga, known for his strong dedication to Mizo nationalism, has had a lengthy presence in the Aizawl East-I constituency.
The MNF, ZPM and Congress each have fielded their candidates in all the 40 seats. Whereas the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded its candidates in 23 seats. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also contesting in four seats. There are 27 Independent candidates too.
According to the Election Commission, around 80.6 per cent (6.8 lakh) of the total of 8.5 lakh voters exercised their franchise in this year's Mizoram election. This is slightly higher than the voter turnout of 80.03 percent in 2018 elections and slightly lower than 80.82 percent in 2013 elections.
What happened in previous polls?
In the 2018 Mizoram elections, the Aizawl East - I seat had been won by Zoramthanga of the MNF. The Independent candidate K Sapdanga had come in second place.
In the previous Assembly polls, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) secured a significant victory with 26 out of the 40 seats, while the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) and the Congress Party won eight and five seats, respectively.