12.8 C
Tura

Meghalaya Assembly Bye-elections: Polling underway amidst tight Covid-19 protocols, 80.43% voters turnout till 5 PM

Must read

HUB NEWS | January 27, 2022

Northeast Media Hub - is a multi media production firm based in Meghalaya. It currently produces news content under its brand "Hub News" which...

Civil society groups abstain as Nagaland celebrates Republic day

Kohima, Jan 26: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said justice will be delivered to the families of the people who were gunned down by...

Hub News : English Podcast : January 26

You are listening to Meghalaya’s only daily podcast news. For promotion & publicity write to us at [email protected]

We must condemn acts of communal violence, cannot allow them: Conrad 

Shillong, Jan 26: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday urged the citizens of the state to not allow conflicts between different communities...

Shillong, Oct 30: The polling for three Assembly seats got underway amidst tight Covid-19 SOPs on Saturday morning in Meghalaya. Polling for bye-elections to Mawphlang, Mawryngkneng and Rajabala constituency began around 7 am.

The electorates had to maintain the mandatory 6 feet distance and undergo a temperature check at all polling stations before they could cast their vote.

At 5 PM, the overall polling percentage across the three constituencies was 80.43 percent.  The constituency wise polling was recorded at Mawryngneng – 74.69 %, Mawphlang – 75.97%, Rajabala – 90.63%.

West Garo Hills Returning Officer, two VVPAT machines malfunctioned – at Batabari and Old Bhaitbari, but were replaced with spare at the start of polling.

After casting his vote, United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate from Mawphlang, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, said he is confident of winning the poll.

NPP candidate from Mawphlang, Lamphrang Blah, after casting his vote at Mawkohmon, said he expects voters to come out in big numbers.

Congress candidate Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem also expressed confidence of his win. He said his contender was only UDP and dismissed the contest from NPP.

He further stated that this election is like a final for him which will reflect on his chances in 2023 Assembly elections.  “If I win this election, it will be easy for me in the 2023. I don’t see it as a semi finals but as a final,” he said.

As for the polling, the voter turnout is expected to rise as the day progresses, especially in the afternoon.

Plastic hand gloves pile up at a polling station in Rajabala

CRPF personnel on duty at a polling station in Rajabala.

Congress candidate from Mawphlang Kennedy Khyriem after exercising his franchise said, “If i win this election, it will be easy for me in 2023. I don’t see it as a semi final but final”.

A voter puts on the plastic gloves as he gets ready to exercise his franchise at Chokchokia PS under Rajabala.

A volunteer hands over plastic gloves to a voter at Chokchokia Polling Station in Rajabala.

Male & female voters wait in queque to cast their votes at Chokchokia 26 PS under Rajabala.

Albius Sunn, 72, flashes his epic card and inked finger after casting his vote at Marbisu Mawsmai B PS under Mawphlang constituency.

Voting in progress at Khilboi 29 Polling Station under Rajabala. Total electorates 600 under this PS.

At Ladmawreng – 3 PS under Mawphlang constituency, out of 800 voters, only 42 had casted their votes till 9 am.

Social distancing at Dijinggre polling station in Rajabala

Testing temperature for Symptomatic patients of covid outside polling station in Rajabala

UDP’s candidate, Eugeneson Lyngdoh after casting his vote.

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

HUB NEWS | January 27, 2022

Northeast Media Hub - is a multi media production firm based in Meghalaya. It currently produces news content under its brand "Hub News" which...

Civil society groups abstain as Nagaland celebrates Republic day

Kohima, Jan 26: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said justice will be delivered to the families of the people who were gunned down by...

Hub News : English Podcast : January 26

You are listening to Meghalaya’s only daily podcast news. For promotion & publicity write to us at [email protected]

We must condemn acts of communal violence, cannot allow them: Conrad 

Shillong, Jan 26: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday urged the citizens of the state to not allow conflicts between different communities...

Agatha hands out awards to outstanding individuals of West Garo Hills

Tura, Jan 26: On the occasion of 73rd Republic Day Celebrations, Tura MP Agatha Sangma on Wednesday presented awards to numerous individuals in recognition...