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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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Meghalaya vote to keep hope alive

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya is not the lone state to have had most unstable government. Sharing the same are the states like Goa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand. The 40 years old Meghalaya has had 21 governments. The 8th Assembly alone had seen four governments. In between Meghalaya had experience President’s Rule twice. Yet, the most common assurance of all political parties is seeking votes to provide ‘stability’. The electorates are immune to the “musical chair” in the State Assembly. Yet the turnouts for every consecutive poll are high, as they keep hoping the governances and ethics of elected representatives will change.
Meghalaya is one state where neither the electorates nor the aspirant candidates need to find out the deficiency in the constituency, but must be well articulated to charge the opponent candidates. 

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People’s judgment on aspirant candidates for election are motivated

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya is going to poll on February 23, just six more days away. The last minute campaigning by all the 345 candidates are expected to pick up momentum. Meghalaya Election Commission and its machineries are all geared up to conduct free and fair election. Election Commission of India this year had spent lavishly by adopting all medium of advertising aimed at improving the mass participation of voters. It is worth to see if Meghalaya can break the records of 93.57 percentage of vote cast in recently concluded Tripura Election on February 14 last.
In Meghalaya, for the 8th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, the voter turn-out was 89.39 percent.

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Election process exposes political link in every aspects of life

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In all, 14 political parties and 122 Independents are contesting in February 23 polls in Meghalaya, making it a total of 345 candidates battling for the 60 seats Assembly. The Election Commission of India is trying its best to have maximum participation for free and fair election. This year, Flying Squad is an addition to keep check on all candidates and political parties, especially on money transaction and liquor supply during the campaigns. Strangely 2013 election witnessed maximum swapping of supporters either due to delimitation or protesting against the parent political parties for not issuing party’s ticket to public chosen candidate.
All the hustle – bustle in all the constituencies and worst is yet to be seen at the last minute campaigning. As of now, few individual brawls and pulling down the opponent flags and posters are reported. But none could expose the much intense and serious outcome of individual, families, groups and even organization having political linkage.

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