Shillong April 11, 2019 (MMP): “I am emerging victorious” says the Shillong Lok Sabha candidate Vincent Pala. Talking to media persons after casting his vote, Pala said he stands a chance of winning the Lok Sabha election because the voters have become more enlightened this time and are willing to follow the inner voice of their conscience, rather than to be lured by money. The two-term Member of Parliament, Pala said he has gained much experience in the functioning of parliamentary democracy because he was in the ruling, as well in the opposition. When asked whether he was really confident that he would win, Pala said, “In politics it is difficult to predict and anything can happen”. The fate of candidates namely Vincent Pala of the Congress, Sanbor Shullai (BJP), Jemino Mawthoh, a consensus candidate of the ruling NPP led MDA coalition Government, Romeo Phira Rani (Independent), THS Bonney (Independent) and Samuel Hashah (Independent) have been sealed in the ballot boxes, when the voting ended at 5.00 p.m. today. On the other hand, the electoral fortune of Agatha K. Sangma, the daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker, Paurno A. Ssangma, Rikman G. Momin (BJP) and former Meghalaya Chief Minister and sitting MLA, Dr. Mukul Sangma (Congress) for Tura Lok Sabha seat. For the Assembly by-poll in Selsella, former MLA, Clement Marak’s widow, June Eliana R Marak (Congress) is contesting to retain her late husband’s seat. June Eliana, who is a new entrant will be up against NPP’s Ferline Sangma, BJP’s Adorsho Sangma and UDP’s Sayeedullah Nongrum are also facing the same situation.
The total electorate in Meghalaya for 2019 has gone up to 19,14,795 from 18,92,716 at the time of the final publication f the electoral roll. The total number of voters in Shillong parliamentary constituency is 11,97,806, including 5,86,092 male and 6,11,714 voters. Under Shillong seat, there are 2,053 polling stations and under Tura, there are 1,114 polling stations.
In this election, it is for the first time that poll volunteers (Matdan Mitras) from Bharat Scouts and Guides and other groups are being deployed To assist the aged, infirms and PwD voters. On security arrangement, Kharkongor informed that altogether there 40 companies of Central Armed Paramilitary followed by 9,000 state police and more than 1,700 home guards are being deployed during the election process.
In Tura, there are 7,16,989 voters including 3,63,529 male and 3,53,460 female voters. There are 1280 service voters and 2 NRI voters. Two women voters, Monica Cheran Momin under Tura Assembly segment and Khadija Hussain under Phulbari Assembly constituency are the two NRIs. Kharkutta has the highest number of voters in Garo Hills at 38,202 while Dalu has the lowest with just 19,399 voters. MMP