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Meghalaya elections 2018 : 67 per cent voting till 5 pm, 88 VVPAT malfunctioned

By Chennabasaveshwar

Voting in northeastern state Meghalaya- 'abode of clouds' was concluded on Tuesday evening at 4 PM. Voting was held in 59 constituencies between 7 am and 5 pm. According to Election Commission, 67 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Meghalaya.

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma

CEO Meghalaya F R Kharkonger, said, "By and large polling was peaceful in all 11 districts. 88 VVPAT malfunctioned in Meghalaya polls"

"No polls-related violence were reported," he added.

A total of 372 candidates are in the fray after three of them withdrew their documents. Total 32 female candidates while the rest 340 are males. The campaign for the polls in Meghalaya came to an end on Sunday evening.

The Congress has fielded 59 candidates, while BJP 47 candidates. 31 women and 80 Independents are in the fray. Around 18.09 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 3,025 polling stations in the state.

Meghalaya CEO F R Kharkongor told PTI, a total 106 companies of central armed police forces (CAPF) have been deployed along with state armed personnel and police especially in troubled Garo Hills region for peaceful polling in the state.

Stay tuned for live updates:

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5:45 PM, 27 Feb
According to Election Commission, 67% voter turnout recorded in Meghalaya
1:09 PM, 27 Feb
CM Mukul Sangma casts his vote at polling booth number 25 in Chengkompara.
12:53 PM, 27 Feb
Khasi tribe women show their ink-marked finger after casting their votes during the State Assembly elections, in Ri-Bohi district of Meghalaya on Tuesday. PTI Photo
12:38 PM, 27 Feb
BJP State President Shibun Lyngdoh casts his Vote. Courtesy: @airnewsalerts
12:11 PM, 27 Feb
Shweta Raj Kanwar‏ receives an award from the Election Commission for being the first voter of Jyntah block in Mawryngkneng Constituency.
11:41 AM, 27 Feb
41 per cent voting in Meghalaya till 11 AM.
11:24 AM, 27 Feb
AAP leader Somnath Bharti hits out at BJP government as urges voters cast their vote.
11:17 AM, 27 Feb
Bernard Marak was ex-head of armed group Anvc, later joined BJP as Narendra Modi government showed interest in peace talks. He resigned from the BJP after the beef ban controversy.
11:16 AM, 27 Feb
Trinamool Congress candidate from South Tura, Bernard Marak, casts his vote.
10:45 AM, 27 Feb
Governor of Meghalaya Ganga Prasad cast his vote at Oakland A4 polling booth at MTDC Office North in Shillong
10:36 AM, 27 Feb
"Citizens of Meghalaya do exercise your voting rights in a responsible and judicious manner. Counting on you all for peaceful elections throughout the State," tweets CM Mukul Sangma
10:33 AM, 27 Feb
National People's Party (NPP) Chief Conrad Sangma hopes people will turn out in large numbers and vote for them.
10:20 AM, 27 Feb
Voter turnout of 16.5 per cent recorded till 10am
9:34 AM, 27 Feb
According to reports, EVMs not working in many places across Shillong and Tura.
9:05 AM, 27 Feb
State Director General of Police S B Singh told PTI that 580 polling stations have been categorised as 'vulnerable' and strict security measures are in place across Meghalaya to ensure free and fair polls. Another 340 polling booths have been categorised as 'critical' while 67 are both vulnerable as well as critical.
9:03 AM, 27 Feb
Six additional companies of CAPF were deployed in the troubled East and South Garo Hills districts.
9:02 AM, 27 Feb
Meghalaya CEO F R Kharkongor says, "Number of women candidates this time is the highest ever in the state."
8:51 AM, 27 Feb
The election for Williamnagar has been postponed after the demise of NCP leader Jonathone Sangma who was killed in an IED blast last ahead elections
8:45 AM, 27 Feb
The state has 60 'Pink Booths' or women polling stations. These booths will be managed by all women staff and security personnel
8:32 AM, 27 Feb
Rooting for the BJP in the North East state, UNion Mome Minister Rajnath Singh said the party would make Meghalaya the "Scotland of the East" if elected to power, as it had tremendous potential for tourism.
8:21 AM, 27 Feb
Congress MLA from North Shillong Roshan Warjri cast his vote at Shillong model polling North
8:01 AM, 27 Feb
Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh, Congress MLA from East Shillong Constituency, cast her vote. Courtesy: @AmpareenL
7:54 AM, 27 Feb
PM Narendra Modi tweets: "I urge the people of Meghalaya and Nagaland to vote in large numbers in the assembly elections taking place today."
7:49 AM, 27 Feb
Voters queue up outside Chengkompara-25 polling station in Ampatigiri; CM Mukul Sangma is the sitting MLA from the constituency
7:47 AM, 27 Feb
Voting begins at Shillong model polling station North after it was delayed due to issues with the EVM
7:43 AM, 27 Feb
Voting begins for 59 seats each in Meghalaya and Nagaland
6:45 AM, 27 Feb
Election authorities in Meghalaya seized over Rs 38 lakh in cash from East Khasi Hills district on Monday, 26 February.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned in the state ruled by Congress the last 10 years. PM Modi during the campaign in promised 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'.

He said, "Give us a chance to serve the state. We will ensure good governance guided by the philosophy of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'. The current government has wasted your 50 years. I urge you to give us a chance to serve the state."

Also, BJP President Amit Shah had asked the people of Meghalaya to oust the Congress government led by chief minister Mukul Sangma as he accused the ruling party leaders of pocketing funds meant for development.

It may be recalled that Congress President Rahul Gandhi's reportedly expensive became an issue during his poll campaign. The BJP, which is trying its best to unseat the incumbent Congress from Meghalaya, attacked Rahul with "soot-boot ki sarkar" jibe, taking a page out of the Congress president's book.

On the other hand, Congress promised free sanitary napkins to women if they are voted to power in Meghalaya. All India Congress Committee (AICC) Mahila president Sushmita Dev took a jibe at Union Minister Smriti Irani who campaigned in Shillong on Saturday. "We need to ask a lot of questions on the leaders of the BJP who are coming to Meghalaya and talking about the security of women," she added.

Counting of votes will take place on March 3. There will be 13 counting centres in all the 11 districts of the state and two civil sub-divisions. Sohra in East Khasi Hills and Mairang in West Khasi Hill.

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Meghalaya Assembly
Party2013Current Standing
CONG2924Election Date : Feb 27 2018

Counting: Mar 03 2018

Total6051 (9 Vacant)

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