Meghalaya By-Polls | 15 pc Turnout in first Two Hours


In the Meghalaya by-election to Shella Assembly seat, an estimated 15 percent of nearly 30,000 electors have exercised their franchise in the first two hours of voting on Monday.

Voting for by-polls to the Assembly constituency in East Khasi Hills district, close to the Bangladesh border began at 7 am amidst the tight security, said F R Kharkongor, Chief Election Officer.

The CEO said that people trickled in small numbers to cast their votes and polling is expected to pick up by afternoon.

Kharkongor also informed that the first five voters who exercised their franchise were awarded green medals to encourage them.

According to reports, the polling is being held in 58 polling stations, 12 of which are non-motorable polling booths that include Nongriat village famous for its double-decker living root bridge.

The by-election has been necessitated following the death of sitting MLA, Donkupar Roy on July 28.

Roys son Balajied Synrem is contesting the poll on an UDP ticket, while Congress nominee Batyngshai Ryngnga and Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) candidate Mosjo Wanswet are also in the fray.

Two Independent candidates Komen Laitmo and Grace Mary Kharpuri are also contesting from the seat.

A total of 29,763 voters, including 14,809 males and 14,954 females are eligible to vote.

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