Nearly 70pc voter turnout recorded in Meghalaya's district council electionsPTI | Shillong | Updated: 13-04-2021 00:18 IST | Created: 13-04-2021 00:18 IST
Nearly 70 per cent voter turnout was recorded in elections to the 29-member Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) in Meghalaya on Monday, an official said.
Amid tight security, polling began at 7 am and continued beyond the scheduled deadline of 5 pm in some areas to enable those in the queues to exercise their franchise, he said.
No untoward incident was reported in any of the five western Garo hills districts as people came out in large numbers to cast their votes, defying a poll-boycott call by a group of social organisations, the official said.
''According to the latest reports, 69.42 per cent of the 7.43 lakh electors exercised their franchise in the GHADC elections. Voting was held with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols,'' he said.
The final polling percentage could increase as detailed reports were awaited, he said.
A total of 182 candidates, including 75 independents, are in the fray. The ruling National People's Party (NPP) and the opposition Congress have fielded their nominees in all the 29 seats, while the BJP is contesting in 21 and the UDP in eight.
The council is currently under the administrator's rule after the tenure of the National People's Party-led executive committee expired on October 18.
Election to the council was initially scheduled on April 9, and later deferred by three days as there were logistics issues, including deployment of security forces, in view of the third phase assembly polls on April 6 in neighbouring Assam.
Votes will be counted will be counted on April 15.
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