SHILLONG, Oct 9 - A meeting was held to review the poll preparedness for the Shella bye election which is scheduled on October 21.
In the meeting held on Tuesday at Sohra, Matsiewdor War Nongbri, Deputy Commissioner East Khasi Hills and District Election Officer, Superintendent of Police East Khasi Hills, Claudia Lyngwa, L Kynjing, Returning Officer and other senior officials attended.
The seat fell vacant following the demise of former Speaker of the Assembly and seven-time legislator from the seat, Donkupar Roy earlier this year.
There are six candidates vying for the seat prominent amongst these are the United Democratic Party candidate and Roy�s son, Balajiedkupar Synrem. His main rival is from Congress� Batyngshain Laitmon Ryngnga.
One of the issues discussed was the remoteness of some of the polling booths in the constituency and therefore having in place a backup plan for the smooth conduct of the polls was felt.
Nongbri highlighting the connectivity and accessibility problem in the constituency said there is a need to have an alternative plan in case of emergencies in some of these remote polling stations so that voting takes place without any glitch.
During the review meeting the security aspect was also discussed threadbare as some of the polling stations are on the Indo-Bangla border.
The SP in her briefing said, elaborate security arrangement has been made for the smooth conduct of the polls. �The police are geared up for the polls and all necessary precaution and vigil will be maintained in the constituency,� Lyngwa said.
Kynjing, meanwhile, gave a brief presentation on the overall election preparedness for the bye poll highlighting the various sensitive and critical polling stations. Later the general observer, Himanshu Kumar Rai, expressed satisfaction with the overall preparedness for the polls.