TURA, June 27 � Chokpot recorded a huge turnout today in the bye-election as people exercised their franchise to decide the future of the four contestants in the fray. According to latest reports, the constituency recorded more than 75 per cent voting with the figure likely to go up beyond 85 per cent as information from remote polling stations are yet to arrive.
The bye-elections were held following the demise of the legislator for the constituency, Clifford Marak. The four contestants in the fray are Bluebell R Sangma (Cong), Kalpana Marak (wife of Clifford), Phillipole Marak (NPP) and Thinkerman Marak (Ind).
Polling started at 8 am and continued till 5 pm with no untoward incidents reported in any of the polling stations. A total of 24,219 voters were eligible to vote.
�Information on 25 of the 46 polling stations is yet to come due to the remoteness of the polling booths, said Returning officer, TG Momin.
As many as 44 of the 46 polling stations were declared hyper-sensitive as the area is militant-infested. Eight companies of Central paramilitary forces along with two companies of Meghalaya police were deployed in the constituency to ensure free and fair elections.
The polling station of Dilgre reported the highest turnout of 92 per cent. There was a 87.65 per cent voter turnout in Chokpot in the 2013 Assembly elections.