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64.4 pc polling in Meghalaya district council polls

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SHILLONG, Feb 24 � The Autonomous District Council (ADC) polls in Khasi and Jaintia Hills passed off peacefully recording an overall 64.4 per cent polling in both the councils by 7 pm today.

In the Khasi Hills ADC, the overall voting percentage recorded at 7 pm was 70.86 per cent, while in the Jaintia Hills ADC the percentage was 58 per cent.

Jopthiaw Lyngdoh, commissioner and secretary district council affairs said that the figures are likely to shoot up because in as many nine polling stations in East Jaintia Hills district the information is filtering into the State headquarters at an excruciatingly slow pace.

Stray incidences of violence were reported in some of the districts. In one of the polling stations in Nartiang constituency, Jaintia Hills, EVMs were damaged and polling agents were assaulted by miscreants. A case has been registered and re-polling would be held on February 26 in the polling booth.

PTI adds: The police have arrested M Marpna, a presiding officer in East Khasi Hills district, as he was found drunk on duty, Returning Officer Sanjay Goyal said.

Magistrates were sent to the polling station to ensure that polling was not interrupted. The officer has been taken for medical tests.

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64.4 pc polling in Meghalaya district council polls

SHILLONG, Feb 24 � The Autonomous District Council (ADC) polls in Khasi and Jaintia Hills passed off peacefully recording an overall 64.4 per cent polling in both the councils by 7 pm today.

In the Khasi Hills ADC, the overall voting percentage recorded at 7 pm was 70.86 per cent, while in the Jaintia Hills ADC the percentage was 58 per cent.

Jopthiaw Lyngdoh, commissioner and secretary district council affairs said that the figures are likely to shoot up because in as many nine polling stations in East Jaintia Hills district the information is filtering into the State headquarters at an excruciatingly slow pace.

Stray incidences of violence were reported in some of the districts. In one of the polling stations in Nartiang constituency, Jaintia Hills, EVMs were damaged and polling agents were assaulted by miscreants. A case has been registered and re-polling would be held on February 26 in the polling booth.

PTI adds: The police have arrested M Marpna, a presiding officer in East Khasi Hills district, as he was found drunk on duty, Returning Officer Sanjay Goyal said.

Magistrates were sent to the polling station to ensure that polling was not interrupted. The officer has been taken for medical tests.

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