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Meghalaya Records 84.86% Turnout, Lesser Than 2013 Election

Meghalaya Records 84.86% Turnout, Lesser Than 2013 Election

Tuesday's polling in Meghalaya will decide the fate of 361 candidates, including 31 women and 80 Independents, election office sources said, adding that 18.09 lakh voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in 3,025 polling stations in the state.

The highest turnout was recorded at Mookaiaw constituency where 93.21 per cent voters exercised their franchise, and the least was registered in North Shillong which witnessed 60.79 per cent polling, he said.

Shillong: Election authorities in poll-bound Meghalaya seized over Rs 38 lakh in cash from East Khasi Hills district on Monday, just a day of the polling for the state Assembly. Election was countermanded in Williamnagar constituency following the death of NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma in a militant attack on February 18.

Kharkongor said re-polling for No. 15- Kyndong Tuber S "A" which will be conducted on Thursday was necessitated due to human error in the voting machine.

"Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of many polling stations well before polling opened at 7 a.m.in the entire state".

Congress Lok Sabha MP and working president of Meghalaya PCC, Vincent H Pala and state BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh cast their votes at Sutnga-Saipung and Khliehriat constituencies in Jaintia Hills region.

Chief Electoral Officer, FR Kharkongor said that the app ensures that all the voter centric information are available at voter's fingertip.

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The contest in Meghalaya involves the ruling Congress, BJP, National People's Party (NPP) and the combined regional alliance comprising United Democratic Party, HSPDP and Garo National Council. "Therefore, we are hopeful of emerging as the single largest party".

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, the chief architect of the Congress win on 29 seats in the 2013 elections, said he was confident of increasing the number of its MLAs in the new house.

"We will retain power and lead the next Government", Zeliang told IANS.

Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad cast his vote at the Oakland polling station here in the state capital around 10 am.

District wise, South West Garo Hills, which has three Assembly constituencies, including those contested by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma (Ampati) and his wife D D Shira (Mahendraganj), recorded 91.15 per cent voter turnout.

For the first time, 67 all-women polling stations and 61 model polling stations were set up in the state, the CEO said. The results of the polls will be declared on Saturday, along with those of Tripura.


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