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Voting peaceful in Meghalaya, turnout 67.03%

IANS  |  Shillong 

Out of the total 19,14,795 voters in the state, an estimated 67.03 per cent exercised their franchise on Thursday to elect the two new members to the from and parliamentary seats in

"An estimated 63.56 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in the parliamentary constituency and 75.60 per cent in the seat," said

Kharkongor said the final figures would be available later as polling officials from 644 booths are yet to send their voter turnouts.

In the 2014 polls, the voter turnout was around 62 per cent in and around 70 per cent in

"Polling has been conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner, barring the violation of model code of conduct by Sanbor Shullai, the Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate in Shillong, against a presiding officer," Kharkongor said.

Police have registered a case against Shullai, who also happens to be a sitting member of the Assembly, based on an FIR filed by the presiding of the polling booth in School.

Kharkongor said there were reports of snags in some VVPAT machines, which were replaced.

There are six candidates in the fray for the Shillong seat, but the main contest is between sitting MP Vincent H. Pala, United Democratic Party's (UDP) and the BJP's

"I am confident that majority of the electors will vote in my favour because of their love for the party," Pala told IANS after casting his vote at Lamyrsiang village in East district.

Pala is seeking re-election for a third consecutive term.

All eyes will be on the Tura seat where former Chief of the is confident defeating former Union and (NPP) nominee and state BJP

"We are happy, satisfied and confident of winning comfortably in both Tura and Shillong," told IANS over phone.

Meanwhile, Chief expressed confidence that the candidates of the ruling Democratic Alliance (MDA) will win both the seats.

The MDA has fielded NPP nominee from Tura and former from Shillong.

"We are confident that both and will win the elections as people have reposed their faith in the government," Conrad told IANS.

Both Mawthoh and Agatha Sangma, the Chief Minister's sister and the youngest daughter of late Speaker P.A. Sangma, are contesting on the symbols of their own parties -- the and the NPP, respectively.

"We are confident that NPP will emerge victorious. Elections are always tough but we have all worked hard and believe that our hard work will pay off," Agatha Sangma said.

Meanwhile, 82 per cent of the 31,717 electors cast their votes to elect one of the four candidates to the from the Selsella constituency.

The by-election was necessitated by the death of Congress on October 8, 2018.

Marak's widdow June is contesting the polls in Selsella against Ferlin C.A. Sangma of the NPP, Sayeedullah Nongrum of the and the BJP's Adorsho Sangma.



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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 22:50 IST