The Mizo National Front (MNF) looked set to unseat the ruling Congress in Mizoram, the only state in the Northeast the Congress was ruling. Counting of votes in the 40-seat Mizoram Assembly polls commenced on Tuesday morning and early trends showed that MNF was leading in 27 of the 40 seats.

The Mizo National Front (MNF) was leading in 27 of the 40 seats, a clear indication that the Congress was set to lose power after a decade. Congress candidates were leading in seven seats.

Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla was trailing in both the constituencies he contested.

Earlier, chief electoral officer Ashish Kundra said that the counting began in 40 halls in 13 centres across the mountainous state. The election was held on November 28.

“After counting the postal ballots first, counting of votes of EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) will take place in all the Assembly constituencies,” he told the media, early morning on December 11.

In all 81.64 per cent of the 7,74,758 electorate exercised their franchise. There were 209 candidates, 15 of whom are women.

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