New Delhi, Feb 23: Heavy polling was reported from the two poll-bound states from northeast region, as around 88 percent voters exercised their franchise in Meghalaya, while 83.27 percent in Nagaland at the end of the polling on Saturday.
“The whole procedures went peacefully except few sporadic incidents in both the states, and the people exercised their franchise in large numbers. As per the information till now, 88 percent voting has been recorded in Meghalaya, while in Nagaland it is 83.27 percent. The voting percentage will go high because as people are still in queues waiting for their turn at some places,” said Chief Electoral Officer Alok Shukla here at a press conference.
53 percent polling was reported till 1 p.m. in Meghalaya, where females have turned up in large numbers to exercise their fundamental right to vote.
The assembly polls will decide the electoral fate of 345 contestants, including Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and State Congress President D.D. Lapang.
The Congress has fielded its candidates in all the 60 seats in Meghalaya, and ally United Democratic Party in 50.
The P.A. Sangma-led National Peoples Party is contesting in 32 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 13 and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 21 seats.
A total of 188 candidates are in the fray for the Nagaland assembly elections including Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie, Opposition Leader Tokheho Yepthomi, Congress president SI Jamir and former Home Minister Imkong L Imchen.
The ruling Naga People’s Front is the only party contesting all the 60 seats.
The opposition Congress is contesting 57 seats, followed by NCP in 15, BJP in 11, JD-U in three, RJD in two and the United Nagaland Democratic Party in one.
Of the 2023 polling stations, 821 have been identified as sensitive and 662 as hyper sensitive. Altogether 255 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed in the state for the elections.
According to reports, 91 companies of the central paramilitary forces have been deployed in the state to maintain law and order in the state.
Polling started at 7 a.m. with people turning out in huge numbers to elect the their representatives despite the shutdown called by some extremist groups.
Counting of votes will take place Feb uary 28 and results would be announced on same day. (ANI)