Meghalaya will wake up to vote for the assembly elections in the state on Monday. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma's National People's Party and the Congress look to take the fight to each other as United Democratic Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Trinamool Congress are looking to cause upsets.
A total of 375 candidates are in the fray for the 60 assembly seats, of who, 233 are from national parties and 69 from state parties. In addition, there are a total of 44 independent candidates.
The state will go to polls alongside Nagaland on Monday (February 27). The results will be declared on March 2.
Independent candidate from North Shillong Michael Kharsyntiew alleged the State Mahila President of a political party distributing money while the voting process is still on in Oakland, Shillong.
Kharsyntiew rounded the vehicle that was reportedly surrounded by people. A few minutes later, Voice of the People Party (VPP) candidate Adelbert Nongrum reached the scene to enquire about the situation.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma exuded confidence of retaining power in the state after casting his vote at Walbakgre-29 polling station in Tura, Garo Hills.
The ruling National People's Party (NPP) is fighting against the BJP to retain power in Meghalaya with Trinamool Congress vying to bring a change.
Meghalaya recorded a voter turnout of 44.73 per cent till 1 pm.
After the voter named Bikram Kumar Rai found that some one else by the same name had voted , the matter was taken up by the election officials who assured action of replacing the poll officials.
Rai was allowed to vote but questions on how there can be a proxy vote in the electronic age linger.
The election officer, East Khasi Hills has ordered a probe into a proxy voting case at Mizo Modern High School polling station, Nongrim Hills under Nongthymmai constituency.
Officials at a polling booth in Nongthymmai constituency were replaced after a case of illegal proxy voting was detected there.
The booth is located at Mizo Modern High School in Nongrim Hills.
One voter, Bikram Kumar Rai, was prevented from voting as he was told that a ballot in his name had already been cast.
A complaint was made to the Chief Electoral Officer, FR Kharkongor, and the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, SC Sadhu, who is also the District Election Officer, then rushed to the polling station to verify the incident.
As per the Election Commission of India, the highest voter turnout was recorded in Eastern West Khasi Hills at 36.96 per cent.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has cast his vote in the ongoing elections at South Tura. He voted alongside his sister Agatha Sangma and mother.
Meghalaya recorded an overall voter turnout of 26.7 per cent in the ongoing elections till 11 am today.
According to the ECI, the East Garo Hills district in Meghalaya witnessed the highest voter turnout of 17.82 per cent.
Voting in Meghalaya is underway across a total of 3,419 polling stations. Of the total, 600 stations have been categorized as 'vulnerable' and 323 as 'critical'.
With 15 per cent voter turnout, the Dalu assembly constituency that falls along the Indo-Bangladesh border, saw the most polling in the two hours among 11 constituencies in the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.
To ensure that no voter is left behind, a temporary polling station was set up in Ri-Bhoi district in Leprosy Colony under 9-Nongpoh Assembly Constituency.
#ECI ensuring No Voter to be Left Behind. A temporary Polling Station set up in Ri-Bhoi District in the Leprosy Colony under 9-Nongpoh Assembly Constituency for 309 voters in #Meghalaya . #MeghalayaAssemblyElection2023 #AssemblyElections2023 pic.twitter.com/f9AwBrSJO2— Election Commission of India #SVEEP (@ECISVEEP) February 27, 2023
The assembly election recorded a voter turnout of 12.06 percent till 9 am.
Women stand in queue an hour before the polling began.
Early women voters in queue an hour before voting commences .Glimpses of mock poll commencement in Meghalaya @SpokespersonECI @ECISVEEP @PIBShillong pic.twitter.com/z3MeoFtLHq— Chief Electoral Officer, Meghalaya (@ceomeghalaya) February 27, 2023
The voting for Meghalaya Assembly Election has began in the state for 59 out of 60 seats.