An average 29.8 per cent votes have been polled for election to the lone Mizoram Lok Sabha seat and bypoll to the Aizawl West-I assembly seat till 1 pm, an election official said.
The fate of six candidates for the Lok Sabha seat would be decided by an electorate of 7,78,777. Three nominees are in the fray in the Assembly bypoll. The state witnessed the average turnout of 29.8 per cent in the first six hours of polling, state chief electoral officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra said. Polling will continue till 5 pm.
The high-stake political battle to choose the 17th Lok Sabha begins on Thursday with 91 constituencies going to polls in the first phase of voting. Other than Lok Sabha seats, voting for Assembly polls will also be held in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and the first phase of Odisha. The polling began at 7 am and continue till 6 pm. Elaborate security arrangements have been made and lakhs of security personnel have been deployed to ensure free and fair polls.