Polling for Meghalaya and Nagaland elections is holding on today 27 February 2018. Both the assembly has 60 seats each, but voting is going to select for 59 constituencies in the two states. Election at Williamnagar seat of Meghalaya has been cancelled because of the NCP candidate has died in an IED blast on February 18. The results of both these assembly will be announced on 3 March along with Tripura. First time in India politics history, BJP is contesting in Meghalaya with Congress and left-parties home with a long candidate list. Back-to-back wins of left parties and Congress in Assam and Manipur polls, now BJP is trying to make the northeast region free from both Congress and the Left. BJP president Amit Shah was leading the campaign in Tripura. Now his success will be apparent on March-3 on the day of counting. Bhartiya Janta Party is contesting in 2o seats of Meghalaya while Congress is contesting on 18 ahead which is only 2 lags from BJP.
Meghalaya and Nagaland election updates:
6:00 pm- Till 5 pm total 75 percent voters‘ attendance was recorded in Nagaland till 5 pm. The turnout might grow as voters are still waiting outside many booths in the state. In 2013, the attendance was at 91.6 percent. There has a small change, we have seen in the mindset of Nagaland.
4:30 pm- An election official said. “Till 4 pm, over 67 percent of the 18.09 lakh voters in the state cast their votes. Polling was peaceful,” Chief Election Officer F R Kharkongor said. He said polling percentage is likely to go up as long queues were reported in a number of polling stations even after the polling was scheduled to close at 4 pm.
4:00 pm- Total 75% voting has been recorded in Nagaland while 67% Voting recorded in Meghalaya. Tough challenge for BJP to establish himself in North-east states.
12:00 pm- From the earlier this month, the BJP broke its 15-year old alliance with the state’s ruling party, However, with the Hindutva-centric BJP now entering the fight, the campaign has turned communal. Big task for Bhartiya Janta Party to enter in the ruling area of Naga Peoples Front
11:40 pm- Total 38% voting is counted in Meghalaya till 11:30 pm.Contesting is going to be big for BJP and left parties.
11:03 pm- AAP leader Somnath Bharti hits out at BJP government as urges voters cast their vote.
10:59 pm- Each voter from Kohima hopes for a stable government in Nagaland. Everyone wants the removal of AFSPA. It would help tourism in all of North East.
10:57 pm- Complaints of malfunctioning EVMs, VVPATs emerge from Meghalaya
10:55 am- There are total 2,156 polling stations, out of which 1,062 are critical while 530 are vulnerable and 564 normal polling stations. Total 15,000 government employees are available on poll duty and there is total 177 all-women polling stations across 25 constituencies in the state. Election Commission officials said there are 55 election observers, including 22 general and expenditure observers each and 11 police observers, besides 442 micro observers.