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Voting underway for 2 Lok Sabha seats in Meghalaya

IANS  |  Shillong 

Voting for the two seats in was underway on Thursday amid tight security, an said.

Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of polling stations well before voting started at 7 a.m. across the state. Polling will end at 4 p.m., said

In the two constituencies of Shillong and Tura, a total of 19,14,795 electors with 52 per cent of them women, are expected to exercise their franchise to elect two new members.

Among the electors, 11,97,806 voters are in the Shillong constituency that has 36 Assembly seats and 7,16,989 voters will cast their votes in the Tura seat that covers 24 Assembly segments.

There are 4,986 voters with disabilities and the has issued over 800 Braille-enabled ballot papers for 797 visually impaired voters across the state.

Of a 3,167 polling stations, the has identified 417 as vulnerable and 107 as critical

Forty companies of the central armed police forces, 9,000 police personnel and Home Guards have been deployed to prevent any untoward incidents.

Around 300 polling stations would have the facility of

In the Shillong parliamentary constituency, there are six candidates including outgoing Vincent H. Pala, who is pitted against Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Sanbor Shullai, United Democratic Party's (UDP) Jemino and three - T.H.S. Bonney, and

"I am confident that majority of the electors of Shillong parliamentary constituency 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.

However, the focus is on the Tura seat where former Chief of the is confident of defeating former Union and (NPP) nominee and Meghalaya's BJP

Though, the BJP which is part of the NPP-led Democratic Alliance government, the saffron party is fighting the elections on its own.

Both and Agatha Sangma, the sister of the Chief and the youngest daughter of former Purno Agitok Sangma, will contest on symbols of their own party's - the and the NPP, respectively.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 09:16 IST
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