Meghalaya bypolls

Shillong: With bypolls scheduled for this week October 30, in three assembly constituencies of Meghalaya- Mawphlang, Mawryngkneng and Rajabala, the election department are in full swing with its preparations.

Chief Electoral Officer, FR Kharkongor, on Tuesday, informed that Advanced Preparations are in full swing. The CEO inspected polling stations in the Mawphlang constituency, including vulnerable and model PS. Inone polling station, a pregnant BLO was replaced given her condition. Staggered entry was advised in other polling stations given Covid 19 protocols.

This time, the Form 12 D postal ballots are being revived for those above 80 and people with disabilities to facilitate the exercising of the franchise by senior citizens without going to polling stations. About 300 senior citizens have opted for voting through 12 D postal ballots in all 3 Poll going ACs.

Kharkongor informed that model code of conduct cases, especially relating to violation of Covid 19 protocols are being taken cognisance of. Show cause notices, FIR, and restraining orders are being issued by ROs and DEOs in all such cases in all poll going ACs. Seventeen auxiliary polling stations in Rajabala and seven in Mawryngkneng have been created to ensure that voters do not exceed 1,000 now, given the Covid 19 protocols.

Four companies of CAPF, Home Guards & State police are being deployed as part of security arrangements. There are a total of 8 vulnerable PS in Mawryngkneng, 10 at Mawphlang and 29 in Rajabala.



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