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Aizawl, Oct 11: Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of major church denomination leaders, has sent a letter to the Chief Election Commission of India, appealing for a change of the date of conduct of counting of votes in the coming state assembly polls.

The MKHC in their letter to the CEC on Tuesday pointed out that counting of votes for the coming election is scheduled to be held on December 3, which falls on Sunday.

“Sunday is a sacred day for the Christians and the church services are held in all towns and villages, refraining from secular and other business activities,” the letter said, adding, “Therefore we request you to change the date for counting of votes not to fall on Saturday or Sunday.”

The letter was signed by the chairman of the MKHC Rev. Dr. C. Chawnghmingliana and Secretary Rev. R. Lalrinsanga.

Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) also on Tuesday sent a letter to the Election Commission of India to change the date of the counting of votes as it falls on Sunday, the day all the church members worship God in their respective churches.

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The BJP state unit also made an appeal to the ECI to change the date of counting of votes and assign any other days, not Sunday and Saturday. The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) also had made the same appeal on Monday, after the central poll panel announced the schedule of elections for Mizoram.