Meghalaya LS polls: 69 pc voters turnout
Meghalaya recorded 69.03 per cent voter turnout of the 15.67 lakh electorate in yesterday's polling to the two Lok Sabha seats in Meghalaya, an election official said today.
"The overall voter's turnout in Shillong and Tura parliamentary constituencies was registered at 69.03 per cent," State Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik told UNI.
Tura parliamentary constituency registered high voter turnout with 78.13 per cent an increase of 10.47 per cent in 2009 Lok Sabha election, while Shillong constituency witnessed 63.58 per cent a slight increase of 1.35 per cent of voters' exercising their franchise.
Moreover, the female voters superseded their male counterparts by 2.14 per cent in both the parliamentary constituencies in this matrilineal state of Meghalaya.
Of the 10,780,845 voters who cast their ballots, Mr Naik said 5, 53,104 women voters and 5,277, 41 males voters exercised their voting rights.
The highest voters' turnout was recorded at Mahendraganj assembly constituency under Tura parliamentary seats with 86.40 per cent, while the lowest turnout of 52.65 per cent was registered in Pynursla assembly constituency.
Mawlai assembly constituency, the highest voters' concentration of 36,020, among the 36 assembly segments under Shillong parliamentary constituency registered 52.78 per cent of voting, while Dalu assembly constituency under Tura parliamentary seat which has the lowest voter concentration of 16,476 recorded 80.98 per cent of voters' turnout.
The political fortunes of the ten candidates in both the Shillong and Tura constituencies has been sealed following yesterday's voting which ended at 1700 hours.
Among the ten candidates, former Lok Sabha Speaker and National People's Party candidate Purno Agitok Sangma is in a straight contest against a 27-year-old Congress candidate Daryl William Cheran Momin in Tura parliamentary constituency.
Agatha K Sangma, the youngest Indian parliamentarian in the current Lok Sabha has opted out of the electoral politics to make way for her father and NPP chief.
Mr Sangma is supported by the United Democratic Party, Garo National Council and also by some Independent legislators.
In Shillong parliamentary seat, there are eight candidates, including a lone woman contestant Ivoryna Shylla, who is fighting the election as an Independent candidate after she quit the BJP.
Other prominent candidates include former Union Minister and Congress' nominee Vincent H.Pala, United Democratic Party Paul Lyngdoh, Bharatiya Janata Party Shibun Lyngdoh, and P B M Basaiawmoit (Independents) are the others candidates in the fray from Shillong constituency.
The Nationalist Congress Party which has two legislators in the Meghalaya Assembly did not field any candidate and is supporting the Congress candidates after Ms Agatha quit the party.
Moreover, the opposition Hill State People's Democratic Party with four legislators along with another regional party the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement has supported Mr Basaiawmoit, while Mr Lyngdoh is supported by the National People's Party.
Although, Mawlai Assembly constituency under Shillong parliamentary seat which has the highest voter concentration of 36,020 witnessed only 19,010 voters' turnout, include that of 10,485 female voters exercising their franchise.
While Dalu assembly constituency under Tura parliamentary seat which has the lowest voter concentration of 16, 459 saw a huge voters' turnout with a record of 13,329 voters, including 81.61 per cent female voters cast their ballot.
Meanwhile, the counting of votes will be conducted on May 16 at Shillong and Tura respectively.
(Posted on 10-04-2014)