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SHILLONG | OCT 22, 2019:
The voting turn out in the Shella bye-election is slightly lower compared to the 2018 Assembly elections in Shella.
"The final voting turn out in the Shella bye-election is 84.56 percent," Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick R. Kharkongor told reporters here today.
It may be mentioned that the voting percentage in the 2018 Assembly elections in Shella was 86.40 percent. Informing that out of the 29,000 plus voters, Kharkongor said that a total number of 25191 voters cast their votes. Meghalaya CEO said that the total turn out of male voters is 12631 while the turnout of female voters is 12,560.
According to the CEO, the polling station with the highest number of poll percentage is Wah U Tim with 92.86 percent while the lowest voting percentage was recorded at MSEB MCCI polling station with 47.37 percent.
He said that there is only one VVPAT machine malfunction in the Laitiam polling station. "This was promptly replaced and voting resumes normally," he said.
Meanwhile, Kharkongor informed that the Central Armed Paramilitary forces who is deployed during the polling would be retain till the counting on October 24. He also informed that like in the Lok Sabha elections, five VVPATs will also be counted.
It may be mentioned that the bye election will decide the fate of six candidates which include UDP candidate and late Dr. Donkupar Roy's son, Balajied Kupar Synrem, Congress candidate, Batyngshaiñ Ryngnga, People's Democratic Front (PDF) Mosjo Wanswet, BJP candidate Joshua Warjri and the two independent candidate Grace Mary Kharpuri and Komen Laitmon.