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Nagaland and Meghalaya elections updates: 75% turnout in Nagaland and 67% in Meghalaya till 5 pm

The stage is set for Tuesday's crucial Assembly elections in the two north-eastern states of Meghalaya and Nagaland.

FP Staff February 27, 2018 19:02:05 IST
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Nagaland and Meghalaya elections updates: 75% turnout in Nagaland and 67% in Meghalaya till 5 pm

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15:25 (ist)

Fresh clashes reported in Nagaland

According to NDTV, one person was killed and two were injured after clashes broke out near a polling booth in Nagaland's Akuluto between Naga People's Front (NPF) and Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).

Meanwhile, Times Now reported that the clashes were between workes of NPF and BJP. It further reported that one worker was shot at chest and his condition is critical.

12:10 (ist)

Over half of all candidates crorepatis, JD(U)'s Ramongo Lotha richest with Rs 38.92 crore, finds report

Fifty nine percent of the candidates for the 27 February Assembly elections in Nagaland are crorepatis with JD(U) nominee Ramongo Lotha being the richest with a total wealth of Rs 38.92 crore, an analysis of the affidavits said. The Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), which analysed the affidavits of 193 aspirants out of a total of 196 candidates, found out that 114 candidates are crorepatis.

12:03 (ist)

In Meghalaya, political dynasties rule the roost as spouses, scions of heavyweights battle it out

Elections in Meghalaya are to a large extent family affairs. Political heavyweights, along with their spouses and scions, are fighting it out to retain power in Tuesday's Assembly elections in the hill state.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who is contesting from Ampati and Songsak seats, has three family members in the fray from the Garo Hills region. NPP candidates and relatives of former Lok Sabha speaker Purno A Sangma are also fighting the polls from four seats in the region.

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Feb 27, 2018 - 19:33 (IST)

Meghalaya: Repolling ordered in one polling station

Repolling has been ordered at one polling station (Kyndon Tuber) in Raliang constituency in Meghalaya's Jowai district due to "mix up of EVMs". Ballot unit meant for Mookaiaw was instead sent to Raliang. Dates have not been announced yet.

Input by Kyrmenlang Uriah/101Reporters

Feb 27, 2018 - 18:55 (IST)

Watch: Meghalaya's chief election officer FR Kharkongor briefs on polling in state

At the customary end-of-polls press conference, Meghalaya's chief election officer FR Kharkongor explains that the hilly terrain in the state has hindered communications, especially with regions like Garo Hills and West and Southwest Khasi Hills which fall in the shadow areas, leading to incomplete polling percentage figures.

"This is what is available to me at this stage. Later on Tuesday or Wednesday, we will have the full and comprehensive voting percentage."

Input by Kyrmenlang Uriah/101Reporters

Feb 27, 2018 - 18:51 (IST)

Peaceful polling in Meghlaya, 88 VVPATs malfunctioned

Feb 27, 2018 - 18:50 (IST)

Visuals from Kohima: Voting machines reach deputy commissioner's office

Feb 27, 2018 - 18:30 (IST)
75% polling in Nagaland till end of voting hours, voters in queues
 
Seventy-five percent of the 11 lakh voters in Nagaland on Tuesday came out to cast their vote in the assembly elections, the Election Commission said.
 
When voting ended at 4 pm, voters were seen standing in queues outside polling stations, indicating that the poll percentage will go up. According to rules, those in queues are allowed to cast their votes.
 
In the last Assembly elections, the voting percentage was recorded at a remarkable 90 percent, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain told reporters.
A total of 11,76,432 voters  5,97,281 men, 5,79,151 women and 5,884 service voters  are eligible to exercise their franchise in the Nagaland polls. 
 
PTI

Feb 27, 2018 - 18:16 (IST)

Polling still on in some constituencies of Nagaland

Visual from Tanlao ward in Mon town. 

Armstrong Chanambam/101Reporters

Feb 27, 2018 - 17:59 (IST)

67% turnout in Meghalaya, 75% in Nagaland: EC

Chief Election Officer FR Kharkongor said, the 50 percent poll percent in Meghalaya, reported earlier, was based on the information the poll panel got from limited number of polling booths.

The 67 percent turnout in Meghalaya is an updated figure that the Eleciton Commission received at 5 pm. Kharkongor further added that the Election Commission is yet to receive polling percentage update from Garo Hills region, which accounts for 40 percent of the overall booths in Meghalaya. 

Polling in still continuing in about 22-25% of the total polling stations across Meghalaya, he said.

Feb 27, 2018 - 17:45 (IST)

75% polling percentage in Nagaland till 5 pm

Feb 27, 2018 - 17:09 (IST)

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma positive of win

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma voiced confidence that the Congress will retain power, crossing the magic figure of 31 MLAs. 

"I have full faith in the people. I believe they have full confidence in the Congress. We will cross the magic number," Sangma told journalists after voting at Chengkompara polling station in Ampati segment.

Sangma, the chief architect of the Congress win on 29 seats in the 2013 elections, is contesting from Ampati and Songsak.

Asked whether the Congress had decided on potential partners in case it fell short of a majority in the new house, he quipped: "We do have lots of good friends."

IANS

Feb 27, 2018 - 17:04 (IST)

50% vote in Meghalaya as balloting ends, people still queued up

Over 50 percent of the 18.9 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the elections to 60-member Meghalaya Assembly at the end of voting hours, even as hundreds were still lined up to cast ballots.

"Over 50 percent electorate had cast their votes till 4 pm, with a large number of voters still in queues at various polling stations across the state," Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Roy Kharkongor said.

A total of 18,09,818 electorates, including 9,13,702 women and 89,405 first-time voters, were to decide the fate of 361 candidates, including 31 women and many independents. Counting of votes will take place on 3 March. A total of 31.40 percent of the voters had cast votes till 1 pm.

He said technical glitches in 31 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and 41 VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails) were reported from around 180 polling stations.

IANS

Latest updates: As over 67 percent of the 18.9 lakh voters on Tuesday exercised their franchise in the elections to 60-member Meghalaya Assembly at the end of voting hours, Nagaland witness 75 percent voter turnout as hundreds were still lined up to cast their ballots. The Election Commission said that the final figures of voting in the two states will be out later in the day.

Meanwhile, the BJP in Meghalaya filed a complaint with the Election Commission over the alleged broadcast of communal message on radio channel, Radio Mirchi, All India Radio reported.

Violence broke out in Nagaland's Akuluto Assembly constituency after two groups from NPF and NDPP clashed, killing one and injuring two others. According to the state CEO, there has been no disturbance to polling process which goes on well, adding that an Additional SP is on the scene. Earlier, Meghalaya CEO Fredrick R Kharkongor has said faulty EVMs and VVPAT errors were reported at some places due to connectivity issue. Several reports of malfunctioning EVMs and VVPATs are constantly emerging from Meghalaya. In Nagaland, reports suggest that voting has been halted in Ladigarh polling station due to tension along Assam-Nagaland Border. Meanwhile, the first polling percentages have been released for both the states. A bomb explosion has been reported at a polling booth in Tizit Assembly constituency in Nagaland. The bomb explosion occurred at 6.45 am and one man has suffered injuries in his left leg, says Nagaland Police. State's chief minister TR Zeliang has sought peaceful resolution of the five-decade long insurgency after successful elections. Even as polling is underway in Meghalaya and Nagaland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to urge voters to 'come out in large numbers' to vote.

The stage is set for Tuesday's crucial Assembly elections in the two northeastern states of Meghalaya and Nagaland. Polling will be held between 7 am and 4 pm, except in some polling stations of the interior districts of Nagaland, where the process is scheduled to conclude at 3 pm. The two states have a 60-member House each, but voting will be held for 59 constituencies in both.

In Meghalaya, the election has been countermanded in Williamnagar in the wake of the killing of NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma in an IED blast in East Garo Hills district on 18 February. In Nagaland, NDPP chief Neiphiu Rio has been declared elected unopposed from the Northern Angami-II constituency.

The results of the polls in the two states, along with that of Tripura, will be declared on 3 March.

A high-decibel campaign for the polls in the two states came to an end on Sunday evening.

Buoyed by the formation of governments in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP is making a determined bid to expand its footprint in the North East. For the Congress, the poll outcome in Meghalaya is particularly significant as it has been ruling the state for the last 10 years. But this time, the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to throw the Congress out of power and add Meghalaya into its kitty.

Political observers are keenly watching the BJP's push in the North East, a Congress stronghold, where the saffron party has traditionally been a marginal player.

In Meghalaya, the Congress and the BJP are pitted against each other. While the former has fielded 59 candidates, the latter has put up nominees in 47 constituencies. Though they are contesting the polls separately, in Meghalaya, the National People's Party (NPP) of Conrad Sangma, son of former Lok Sabha speaker P A Sangma, is the BJP's partner in the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).

Nagaland and Meghalaya elections updates 75 turnout in Nagaland and 67 in Meghalaya till 5 pm

Representational image. AP

In Nagaland, BJP's hope hinges on its alliance partner NDPP (the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party) of Neiphiu Rio, which is contesting from 40 seats. The saffron party has fielded candidates from the remaining 20 seats. The Congress, which has given three chief ministers to Nagaland since the state's inception in 1963, is contesting from only 18 seats, two less than the BJP, an emerging entity in the North East.

There are 370 candidates in the fray in Meghalaya. A total of 18.4 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 3,083 polling stations in the state. Meghalaya's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) FR Kharkongor said for the first time, 67 all-women polling stations and 61 model polling stations were set up in the state. He added that 32 women candidates were in the fray, the highest ever in the state.

In Nagaland, a total of 11,91,513 voters -- 6,01,707 (50.50 percent) men and 5,89,806 (49.50 percent) women -- will exercise their franchise on Tuesday. There are also 5,925 service voters.
Voting will be conducted in 2,156 polling stations as 40 polling stations fall under the Northern Angami-II seat, from where Rio has been declared elected unopposed.

Over 15,000 government employees will be on poll duty and there will be 177 all-women polling stations across 25 constituencies in the state. The election process in Nagaland had started on a difficult note.

Following a no-election diktat from the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO), advocating "solution (to the Naga political issue) before election", the political parties had initially kept away from the poll process.

Though the process of nomination-filing had started on 31 January, the first batch of 22 contestants filed their candidature only on the penultimate day on 5 February. There was a heavy rush of nominees filing their papers on the last day. After the scrutiny and withdrawal, a total of 227 nominees are left in the field in Nagaland. As many as 281 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), beside the state police force, are deployed throughout Nagaland to ensure a peaceful election.

Nagaland's CEO Abhijit Sinha said all the polling stations would be manned by the CAPF personnel, while the state police would also be assisting them. Of the 2,156 polling stations in Nagaland, 1,100 were declared critical, 530 vulnerable and 526 normal, he added.

The Meghalaya CEO told PTI that six of the 10 additional companies of CAPF were deployed in the troubled East and South Garo Hills districts.

With inputs from PTI

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