SHILLONG, Nov 21 - Over 79 per cent polling was recorded in the by-poll to Nongstoin Assembly constituency in Meghalaya today. Voting began at 7 am and ended at 4 pm, amidst tight security.
Chief Electoral Officer, Prashant Naik said that over 79 per cent voters have cast their franchise, according to reports received here at 4.30 pm.
�It is likely that this figure would cross 80 per cent after we receive reports from all polling stations,� Naik said.
He further said that polling was held peacefully. �There were no reports of any incident from any of the polling stations,� Naik added.
There are four contestants in the fray � Diosstarness Jyndiang of Hill State People�s Democratic Party, Gabriel Wahlang from Congress, Mosklandar Marngar of United Democratic Party and Fenela Lyngdoh Nonglait, Independent. The Nongstoin seat has been HSPDP�s bastion for several years. The seat was held by Hopingstone Lyngdoh whose demise on September 26 necessitated the by-elections.