341 candidates in fray in Meghalaya polls, Baghmara poll adjourned

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Shillong, Feb 16 (UNI) In all, 341 candidates remained in the fray for the March three Meghalaya Assembly polls, while the election to the Baghmara Assembly seat was adjourned after the sudden demise of sitting Congress MLA and candidate Sengran M Sangma.

Five nomination papers out of the 349 were rejected, while three other candidates withdrew themselves from the fray during the scrutiny today.

The five were rejected after the nomination papers of the main candidate were found valid and accepted, Joint Chief Electoral Officer S Kharlyngdoh told UNI here.

The three candidates, who withdrew from the electoral battle, included former minister Oliver Neat Chyrmang, who filed his nomination as an Independent candidate from Sutnga-Shangpung constituency.

The election to Baghmara Assembly seat was officially adjourned following the sudden demise of Congress candidate Sengran M Sangma.

The Election Commission was yet to fix the date for holding the election.

The last date of withdrawal of nominations is February 18.

Counting of votes will take place on March seven.

The total number of voters in Meghalaya are 12,30,152. Female voters account for the highest number of electorate at 6,25,534.

The current term of the Meghalaya Assembly ends on March ten.

The state election department had declared 635 polling stations as 'hyper sensitive' and 194 'sensitive' of the total 1582 polling booths.

The Centre had sanctioned 50 companies of additional central paramilitary forces for smooth conduct of the polls.

Most of these forces will be deployed in areas classified as 'hyper sensitive' and 'sensitive'.

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