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Once again rural voters out number urban voters in 2013

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya government has always been the blessing of rural voters. The election of 2013 once again reaffirmed the same with higher percentage turnout of rural voters compared to the urban. The official results shows that 13,23,110 out of the 15,02,509 registered voters cast their vote with the Nartiang constituency recording the highest voter turnout of 94.88 percent, while the ‘urban’ Shillong North constituency with 71.45 per cent recorded the lowest turnout.
The total voter turnout for 2013 election is 88.06 percent, wherein urban turnout was 75.52 percent while rural vote cast was 88.86 percent. Despite the fact that this year there were addition of more than a lakh of new voters who have just turned 18.

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February 23 poll: Judgment day of Indianness in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

General Election to the state Assembly comes once in five years. Many aspirant candidates who dreamt to reach the August House were doing humanitarian servicing, while other belonging to the entrepreneur groups plunged into the fray to enhance their business deals like contracts and supplies in the government sectors. Other sections that had already entered into the House are fighting for yet another opportunity. Dynasty system also prevails in Meghalaya.  Most common platform to reach the Assemblies are through Traditional Institutions, Pressure Groups, youth organization, recently even through arms struggles. But ultimately only 60 of them at a time can make it through their personal charm, well devised and executed strategies and most important of all being a shrewd politician.

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Meghalaya all set to elect the 9th Assembly on February 23

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The campaign period of the candidates and political parties came to an end at 4:00 pm on Thursday. This also symbolized the end of yet another era and ready to move on with new covenant. To achieve better governance, the opportunities provided for the electorates for assessing the credibility of the candidate, who will not just be the representative, but also a good legislator, philosopher, thinker or visionaries has also come to an end. Now is the time for all to introspect over the performance of the government and decide if another term could be provided or find a new replacement.

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2013 Election in Meghalaya is a Reality watch

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The election canvassing is coming to an end on Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 pm in Meghalaya and Nagaland. 2013 general election to elect the 9th Assembly on February 23 is considered as one of the most uninteresting election campaigns so far in Meghalaya. Few of the constituencies even failed to organize public meetings keeping all the contesting candidates in one common platform. The iron fist and microscopic eyes of the State Election Commissioner are keeping all the polling agents on the toes. Even the traders hoping to do bulk business by selling various parties flags, badges, caps, mobile covers and other accessories are re-packing the products due to low business turnout. Most political parties are working on tight budgets officially, while the unofficial expenditure has no boundaries even in the border areas.

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Money power still persists in Meghalaya Election, ECI remains mute spectator

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In every aspect, North Eastern Region always hits the national headlines for the wrong reasons. This time both the state of Nagaland and Meghalaya are hitting the headlines for money power in the Election bound states. Both the states are going to poll on February 23. Cash, liquor, arms and ammunitions are in plenty during campaigning. Numerous press reports on such incidents keep hitting the limelight; besides such complaint there are reports regarding the violation of Model Code of Conduct. However, till date none of the results have come to light on behalf of Election Commission, both from the Central and State level.

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