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Counting date not changed, Mizos gear up to hit the streets today


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They will hit the streets in state capital Aizawl on Friday as the Election Commission has not rescheduled the vote-counting date, which is a Sunday. GUWAHATI: Amid perception that the Mizoram elections will throw up a fractured mandate, most exit polls gave an edge to ruling Mizo National Front (MNF). However, the Mizos at large, including political parties and various organisations, are hardly bothered. They will hit the streets in state capital Aizawl on Friday as the Election Commission has not rescheduled the vote-counting date, which is a Sunday. The Mizos consider Sunday as a sacred day. After the election schedule was announced, they had appealed to the EC to reschedule the counting date, stating that church services would be affected if the votes are counted on December 3. The EC has remained unmoved. The NGO, Co-Ordination Committee (NGOCC), is organising the protest from 11 am to 2 pm. It invited all Mizos to participate in it to “safeguard the sacred day of the Christians”. Five major NGOs are part of NGOCC. The MNF said it would take part in the protest. “We all had appealed to the EC to reschedule the counting date. As that hasn’t happened, we will take part in the protest tomorrow,” MNF general secretary VL Krosshnehzova told this newspaper. He said the MNF was not surprised by the exit poll predictions. “The exit poll predictions are on expected lines. We know we will retain power,” he added. The Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), a conglomerate of regional forces, said it would like to wait for the results day, while the Congress is not too optimistic about its prospects. (THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)