By Our Reporter

Shillong | February 27, 2018

The voting in the 59 Assembly constituencies in Meghalaya passed off peacefully with the voting turnout of 67 % being recorded across the state till 4 pm.

Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick Roy Kharkongor said that the voting percentage is likely to touch between 75 to 80 percent after the final tabulation is made.

The CEO also informed that voting in few of the polling stations across the State was delayed in view of the technical glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VPPATs.

According to Kharkongor, a total number of 56 EVMs were malfunctioned while 88 VPPATs had some technical glitches.

“It is only a minor technical glitch since this is for the first time that the VPPATs is being used in the State. Out of the 3025 EVMs used in this election, only 2.91 percent are malfunctioned,” Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer said.

When asked if times of voting were extended in the polling stations where EVMs and VPPATs malfunctioned, he said that the time of voting was extended and the people who were standing in a queue were giving a coupon so that they can cast their votes.

Meanwhile, he informed that no cases of poll-related violence like booth capturing, EVMs snatching or riots were reported.

Kharkongor informed that a total number of 562 polling stations were covered by video cameras while 193 polling stations had web casting.

When asked about the polling in Williamnagar constituency, he said that the Election Commission will decide on the date for the polling in Williamnagar constituency.


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