Why is the tension among candidates rising due of NOTA?

S Venkateshwari
Why is the tension among candidates rising due of NOTA?

NOTA received 293 votes for the Tuichawng seat, 250 votes for the Hachhek seat, and 190 votes for the Mamit seat in the 2018 elections. Because to NOTA, congress has lost the seat in Tuivai. In this case, the congress candidate received 5204 votes, compared to 5207 for the MNF candidate. In this case, 52 votes were in support of NOTA. In support of NOTA, more than 100 votes were cast, even in constituencies like Gangawati West, Serlui. Remarkably, on the tribal seats set aside for them, the majority of votes were cast in support of NOTA. In Mizoram, 39 seats are set aside for ethnic people.

There are three key factors contributing to the growing anxiety among candidates over NOTA.

1. There are four major parties running in the elections: the Zoram People's Movement, the congress, and the Mizo National Front have candidates running for each of the 40 seats. The bjp has put forward candidates for 23 seats. The Mizo National Front secured 26 seats in 2018, while the Zoram People's Movement secured 8 seats and congress secured 5 seats. One seat was also won by bjp candidates. MNF received 37.7% of the vote in 2018, congress received 29.9%, and JPM received 2.9 percent. The bjp managed to secure 8.9 percent of the vote as well.

2. Voting behavior is another crucial component of elections. The election commission reports that 8,56,868 people vote in Mizoram overall. There are about 21,000 voters each seat if we examine 40 seats. Based on data from the previous two elections, each seat has between 12,000 and 15,000 voters on average. The difference between a win and a loss in such circumstances typically stays between 200 and 500. Less than 100 votes separated the winners and losers of the most recent election in more than ten seats. Under such circumstances, the NOTA vote takes on greater significance.

3. 56% of respondents stated that the choice should be made at the last minute - ABP-C voters were surveyed recently, and the results showed that 56% of the state's residents had not decided who to vote for. These respondents indicated in the survey that they would make up their minds after considerable thought before casting a ballot. This number was extremely high in comparison to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana, the research said.

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