Fate of Conrad Sangma sealed in EVMs

SHILLONG, Aug 23: By-elections to South Tura and Ranikor constituencies ended peacefully on Thursday, polling officials said.

According to officials of the State Election Department, South Tura recorded a voting percentage of 72.89 percent while Ranikor recorded 85.89 percent.

In the February 27 general assembly polls, South Tura recorded 73.59 percent and Ranikor recorded a voter turn out of 89.5 percent.

Briefing media persons at the State Secretariat, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the state, Frederick Roy Kharkongor said that the voting percentage may still rise especially in Ranikor constituency.

“Reports is being awaited from a few far-offnon motorable polling stations,” Kharkongor said.

The CEO also said that the polling in both the constituencies went off smoothly without any glitches.

According to Kharkongor, there wer minor technical glitches in four EVMs in South Tura and three EVMs in Ranikor.

The by-election in South Tura was necessitated after Agatha Sangma resigned to pave the way for her brother Conrad to contest.

Conrad is pitted against Congress candidate Charlotte W. Momin, John Leslee K. Sangma and Kris Kabul A. Sangma (independents).

The Ranikor seat fell vacant after former Public Works Department Minister and five-time Congress legislator from Ranikor constituency Martin Danggo quit the Assembly and joined the ruling NPP after the government announced the creation of Ranikor Civil Sub-Division.

Danggo is facing three candidates in his bid to get re-elected: Congress’ Jacquish A. Sangma, United Democratic Party’s Pius Marwein and People’s Democratic Front’s P.N. Syiem.

The counting of votes will be held on August 27 at Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills, and Mawkyrwat, the district headquarters of South West Khasi Hills.

Meanwhile, Kharkongor informed that counting for the South Tura seat will be held at the SMELC Complex while for the Ranikor constituency the counting of votes will be done at the Deputy Commissioner’s Complex, Mawkyrwat.

The CEO also infomred that out of the eight companies of Central Armed Police Force requisitioned for the by-poll two companies will be retained for duty on counting say.

Kharkong said that there will be webcasting from the counting centres on August 27.

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