The returning officer and West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh said that the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) polls were very peaceful.

Singh said that since morning there were long queues and that during the day the process was slow, but it picked up towards the evening.

He said that till 4 pm, the poll percentage was roughly 60 per cent, but he expected the numbers to change since polling stations had not reported yet.

Few of the EVMs showed errors, but they were replaced immediately with spare ones that were in place.

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He said that due to the anticipated law and order issue, special observers were called, which was not the case in the past. Four observers for the polls were posted in West Garo Hills District.

In South West Garo Hills, the overall voting was 60 per cent till 3 pm while it was 51 per cent in the East Garo Hills till 3 pm. At Siju, the voting was 52.11%, 55.04% at Wagesik, 72.46% at Silkigre, 53.06% at Rongrikimgre, and 67.13% at Gasuapara.

In North Garo Hills, the overall voting was 63.31 per cent. 58.25% at Rongrong, 67.89% at Bolsong, 63.79% at Damas and 64.31% at Kharkutta.

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