Five-time Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, several Congress ministers and other party candidates filed their nominations on Thursday for the ensuing State Assembly elections.
Notably Friday is the last day for filing of nomination papers.
Polling to the 40-member State Legislative Assembly will be held on November 28.
The last date for withdrawal of candidature is fixed on November 14, while counting will be held on December 11.
Congress spokesperson Lallianchhunga confirmd that Lal Thanhawla filed nomination for Serchhip and Champhai South.
While in Champhai the Chief Minister was physically present during filing of his nomination paper, in Serchhip he filed nomination through his political agent, the spokesperson added.
Lal Thanhawla has successfully contested the Assembly elections nine times – in 1978, 1979, 1984, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2008 and 2013.
He has been the Chief Minister since 2008.
Earlier, he was the Chief Minister from 1984 to 1986 and from 1989 to 1998.
In 2013 Assembly elections, the 80-year-old Congress leader successfully contested his home seat Serchhip and Hrangturzo.
Among the Congress Ministers who filed nominations on Thursday included Health Minister Lal Thanzara, Sports Minister Zodintluanga, Education Minister H Rohluna, Social Welfare Minister P C Lalthanliana, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister C Ngunlianchunga, Agriculture Minister K S Thanga and the lone woman Minister Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu.
Ten other Congress candidates also filed nominations before returning officers of their respective constituencies.
According to Lallianchhunga, at least 24 candidates belonging to Congress have so far filed nomination till Thursday.