Shillong, Apr 12: The fate of 182 candidates contesting the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) polls have been sealed in the ballot boxes, and are waiting for April 15, the counting day.
The voting passed off peacefully despite a bandh call by pressure groups of Garo Hills who are against non-tribal participation in the district council.
Till filing of this report, South West Garo Hills recorded 76.34 percent, South Garo Hills district – 73.08 percent, North Garo Hills district recorded 69.34 percent polling, in East Garo Hills district the polling percentage is 67.37 percent and West Garo Hills district recorded 60.95 percent.
The prominent among those who voted were Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Tura MP Agatha Sangma, Power Minister James Sangma, opposition leader Dr. Mukul Sangma his wife Dikkanchi D. Shira, daughter Miani D. Shira, Zenith Sangma among others. The Chief Minister was seen standing in a queue to cast his vote in Tura constituency at Walbakgre Lower Primary School.
The Chief Minister who is also the national president of the National People’s Party said that he was hopeful that the party will get full majority in the GHADC.
Out of the 182 candidates 174 are males and eight are females.
The ruling National People’s Party (NPP) and the opposition Congress has put up candidates in all the 29 MDC seats, the United Democratic Party in 15 seats and the BJP in 20 seats.