Meghalaya prepares for LS polls as EVMs dispatched to polling stations in West Garo hills

Meghalaya prepares for LS polls as EVMs dispatched to polling stations in West Garo hills

The dispatch of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to polling stations is underway in Tura, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya, signaling the final stages of readiness for the electoral process. 

Security measures have been heightened to ensure a smooth and secure voting experience for the residents of Meghalaya. Election Commission officials have arrived. The deployment of security personnel and the presence of officials indicate the preparedness with which election authorities are approaching the electoral event.

As the state readies itself for the first phase of election, scheduled on 19 April, district election officer Jagdish Chelani says, "today was our P-2 day. Movement of polling parties has already started. In West Garo Hills, we have 539 polling stations, while in the entire Garo Hills region, we have 1224 polling stations. We have taken many steps to ensure that the voter is at ease. We have made sure we can stop any kind of undue influence on the voter. We have marked 72 vulnerable polling stations in the West Garo Hills district".

He furthers saying, "in all these stations we will deploy half a section of the CAPF and two civil police personnel will also be deployed. In the entire Garo Hills region, we have nearly 8.23 lakh voters in five districts. 4 lakh voters are part of the West Garo Hills region. Voting percentage in the state is generally very high, and always above the National average."

Meghalaya is set to go to polls in the first phase scheduled for 19th April, marking the beginning of the electoral process in the state. The anticipation is high among voters, with candidates and political parties intensifying their campaign efforts to connect with the electorate and garner support.

As the countdown to the first phase of Lok Sabha polls in Meghalaya continues, all eyes are on the state's electoral dynamics, with expectations of robust participation and a fair electoral process shaping the narrative.