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Shillong, Aug 23, 2018: 

Voting is underway in Meghalaya; Election machineries are busy ensuring the smooth conduct of voting process; Voters stand in long queues to exercise their franchise in Ranikor and South Tura constituencies; But what is new this time round?

These 10 young runners are what make headlines in the by-poll bound state of Meghalaya.

Amid the technological glamour, the Meghalaya Election machinery is ‘forced’ to adopt the age-old mean of communication in by-poll bound South West Khasi Hills district.

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Poor connectivity (both roads and network services) in some pockets of the district has posed a serious problem for the department to get the message across to the targeted recipients, hence prompting the department to engage young runners to deliver the message from a polling station to a sector officer, covering a long distance in one and a half hour.

Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick Kharkongor admitted that the Ranikor constituency is challenging in terms of communication and connectivity and over 25 sectors are non-motorable and had no proper mobile connectivity.

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Informing that there are polling stations which can only be reached on foot and takes over three hours to reach, Kharkongor said that in order to fill in the technology gap and deficit, they have identified and employed 10-15 runners who will transmit important information to the sector officer who will further communicate the same to the SEC.

In this picture, this runner ran all the way from Pormawdar to Nongkulang, where SO is stationed
in 1.5 hours.

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