Meghalaya CEO Fredrick R Kharkongor said faulty EVMs and VVPAT errors were reported at some places due to a connectivity issue. “Booth-level engineers have been sent to rectify the VVPAT issues. Wherever there is a delayed start, we will extend the poll timing accordingly, and issue token to people standing in a queue.” The CEO office is still collating the information on the total number of faulty VVPATs.
Hope people will turn out in large numbers and vote for us, says Conrad Sangma
“We have done whatever we could do to put our vision for the state in front of people. We are hoping that people will turn in large number and vote for us. After the voting for this two days, I will take some rest and go and see my daughter in Delhi. She has been there alone for a month. I will come back on the 2nd as 3 March is counting day”: Conrad Sangma, NPP Chief, Meghalaya.
First polling percentages emerge
While 22 percent voting was recorded in Meghalaya till 9:30 am, the number was slightly lower at 17 percent in Nagaland till 9 am.
Voting only to take place in 118 constituencies across two N-E states
In Meghalaya, the election has been countermanded in Williamnagar in the wake of the killing of NCP candidate Jonathon N Sangma in an IED blast in East Garo Hills district on 18 February. In Nagaland, NDPP chief Neiphiu Rio has been declared elected unopposed from the Northern Angami-II constituency, reported PTI.
We expect that polling will finish smoothly & we will get absolute majority as per voice of the people. We hope peace will prevail in the state & we will move for Naga political solution: Nagaland CM TR Zeliang #NagalandElection2018 pic.twitter.com/SssyvKQP3J
— ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2018
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) February 27, 2018
In Nagaland, a total of 11,91,513 voters — 6,01,707 (50.50 percent) men and 5,89,806 (49.50 percent) women — will exercise their franchise on Tuesday. There are also 5,925 service voters.
Voting will be conducted in 2,156 polling stations as 40 polling stations fall under the Northern Angami-II seat, from where Rio has been declared elected unopposed.
Over 15,000 government employees will be on poll duty and there will be 177 all-women polling stations across 25 constituencies in the state. The election process in Nagaland had started on a difficult note.
Following a no-election diktat from the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO), advocating “solution (to the Naga political issue) before election”, the political parties had initially kept away from the poll process.
Though the process of nomination-filing had started on 31 January, the first batch of 22 contestants filed their candidature only on the penultimate day on 5 February. There was a heavy rush of nominees filing their papers on the last day. After the scrutiny and withdrawal, a total of 227 nominees are left in the field in Nagaland. As many as 281 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), beside the state police force, are deployed throughout Nagaland to ensure a peaceful election.