Assembly Elections: Meghalaya, Nagaland Vote

Meghalaya Assembly polling was peaceful today and the turnout was over 72 per cent at 3pm, according to election officials. Nagaland too witnessed brisk voting with over half of its electorate voting by early afternoon to pick a 60-member assembly.


In Meghalaya, over 1.5 million voters — about half the population of the state — are eligible to decide the fate of 345 candidates, including 25 women and 122 independents for 60-member assembly state. Voting is taking place at 2,485 polling booths, out of which 842 have been termed hyper-sensitive. At least six people had used Rule 49-0 under The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 to record the desire not to vote.


Counting of votes will take place February 28.


In Meghalaya ,the Congress has fielded candidates in all constituencies followed by the United Democratic Party (UDP) which is contesting 50 seats. The Purno Sangma-led Nationalist People's Party has 32 candidates while the Nationalist Congress Party will contest in 21 seats. The Hill State People's Democratic Party has fielded 17 candidates.


Nagaland state has 1,193,438 electorates, including 589,505 women. A total of 188 candidates, including two women, are in the fray with 49 outgoing legislators seeking re-election. The ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) has fielded candidates in all 60 seats while opposition Congress has put up candidates in 57 assembly constituencies.

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