Shillong, April 09: Nine malfunctioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were replaced during the voting process for the two Lok Sabha (LS) seats in Meghalaya on Wednesday. However, State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) P Naik said that polling in the booths where the EVMs were replaced was smooth and commenced immediately.
Naik informed that before the EVMs were sent to the polling stations the election department detected 47 malfunctioning EVMs and when the mock polls were conducted 14 malfunctioning EVMs were detected.
Tura, April 09: Voting began for the Tura Lok Sabha (LS) constituency at 7 am as per schedule and ended sharp at five with the region reporting a total voter turnout of 75 percent. While in 2009 the voting turnout was 67 percent, the current election saw an 8 percent increase, with female voters outnumbering the males in most. Throughout the region, barring a case of blank firing by some militants from the South Garo Hills area, the voting remained incident free. Overall, a total of 6 EVMs malfunctioned (one in North Garo Hills and 5 in West Garo Hills) and were quickly replaced to ensure voting came up to speed.
22 cases of officials abstaining from Poll duty
SHILLONG, April 08: As many as 22 cases of polling personnel including Presiding Officers abstaining from poll duty have been detected in Garo Hills, even as stringent action have been issued against such officers by the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills District on Tuesday.
Six of them were produced by police before the Tura Returning Officer as they were designated the crucial duty of Presiding Officer and they had failed both to attend training as well as actual election duty, District Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.
‘Do not be swayed by money power, misuse of religion’
SHILLONG, April 07: United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate Paul Lyngdoh Monday accused the Congress for playing a ploy against its own nominee (Vincent H Pala) by support an Independent candidate even as he exhorted upon the electorates of the Khasi and Jaintia hills not to get swayed either by “money power” or by misuse of “religion”.
Lyngdoh is contesting against ruling Congress’ sitting MP Vincent H Pala, Independent candidate PBM Basaiawmoit, besides BJP candidate Shibun Lyngdoh, Aam Admi Party (AAP) candidate A Kharshiing, and two other independents from Shillong parliamentary constituency.
Speaking at an election rally held at Motphran parking lot here, Lyngdoh alleged that the reason for the Congress to dissolve its Block Congress Committee at Umroi is due to its own legislators who are indulging in anti-party activities in support of PBM Basaiawmoit’s candidature.
SHILLONG, April 08: Ten candidates are in fray for the two parliamentary seats- Shillong and Tura Lok Sabha seat- in Meghalaya even as security has been tightened to counter the 12 hours boycott call given by the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in Khasi and Jaintia hills on Wednesday, the day the state goes for polling in the second phase of the Lok Sabha Election 2014.
40 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in different places to assist the state government to conduct free, fair and fearless election.
If the militancy infested Garo hills is matter of concern to the election department for smooth conduct of voting on Wednesday, Khasi and Jaintia hills too now needs special attention as the HNLC has given 5 am to 5 pm bandh call to derail voting that starts from 7 am to 5 pm on Wednesday.
• One accused in police dragnet, 2 others escape •
Tura, April 08: Two girls were rescued by vigilant village members when they were moving along with three men in a car from a village called Suchaipara, Amjong in the Goalpara district, Assam. While the villagers managed to catch one, the two other men in the car managed to escape. The area borders the North Garo Hills district of Meghalaya and the two girls were Garos, with one of the victims from Assam and the other from Meghalaya.
The alert villagers sensed something wrong with the five and tried to catch them on Monday evening at about 4:30 pm. Two of the men managed to escape, but one was caught. The three were taken to the Dudhnoi police station from where the case was later transferred to Goalpara for further investigation.
SHILLONG, April 07: The United Democratic Party (UDP) got a fillip just before the April 9 parliamentary election when the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) leader Fenela Lyngdoh extended her full support to UDP’s nominee for Shillong Lok Sabha seat Paul Lyngdoh.
Lyngdoh is also the niece of HSPDP’s supremo Hoping Stone Lyngdoh and her decision to support the UDP came at a time when the HSPDP is supporting Independent candidate PBM Basaiawmoit.