Silchar, Nov. 11: Altogether 74 candidates are in the fray for 25 seats under the Lai Autonomous District Council election to be held on November 26.
Of the 81 candidates who had filed nominations, six candidates withdrew while one Independent candidate's nomination was rejected.
The council serves the Lai community living in southeastern Mizoram bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Voting will be held on November 26 from 7am to 4pm. Re-polling, if required, will be held the next day. The counting will take place in Lawngtlai town on November 28.
The ruling Congress won 19 seats in the last Lai council polls in 2010.
This time the Mizo National Front (MNF) is contesting the polls alone while the Congress has formed an alliance with Mizoram People's Conference, founded by the late former chief minister Brig. T. Sailo. The Zoram Nationalist Party is contesting the election as part of the NDA.
On the other hand, campaigning for the Aizawl Municipal Corporation, which will be also held on November 26, is going on in full swing.
The main Opposition, MNF vice-president R. Lalthangliana, today said if they were voted to power, they would ensure a corruption-free corporation. He accused the state government of running it in a whimsical manner.
"The corporation has liabilities of Rs 107 lakh because the Congress-led state government has not released funds. Development has taken a backseat in Aizawl and the situation will deteriorate further if the Congress comes to power in the corporation again," he said.
Lalthangliana said around Rs 9,484.70 lakh was sanctioned for the development of Aizawl during the first term of the corporation (2010-15) but no significant development work has taken place.