Mizoram: Election Commission yet to decide on Serchhip bypoll deferment

According to an election official, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is still undecided on the demand for deferment of the bypoll to the Serchhip Assembly constituency and the counting of votes, an election official said.

The Serchhip bypoll and counting of votes are scheduled on April 17 and May 2 respectively.

Earlier, Mizoram CM Zoramthanga, different political parties and the Seventh Day Adventist church demanded the poll panel to defer the polling and counting dates as both the days fall on Saturday and Sunday, which are sacred and important for the Christians.

Seventh Day Adventist church stated many voters, belonging to the particular church, would not be able to exercise their franchise because Saturday is Sabbath (similar to Sunday) for them.

Mizoram joint chief electoral officer David Liansanglura Pachuau said the poll panel has recently approached the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) seeking information on the number of voters belonging exclusively to Seventh Day Adventist church in Serchhip constituency and in the entire state.

According to Pachuau, the number of voters belonging to Seventh Day Adventist church members in Serchhip assembly constituency is estimated to be about 248, which is 1.26 per cent of the total voters in this particular constituency.

The total number of voters of Seventh Day Adventist church in the state is estimated to be about 16,845, which is 1.50% of the total voters in the state.

Pachuau said there are 19,295 voters, including 10,193 females in the Serchhip Assembly constituency.