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Meet on poll boycott call today

Shillong, Feb. 20: The Meghalaya government will meet representatives of all political parties in the state tomorrow in view of the call for a boycott of the Saturday polls by the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council.

The government has also taken immediate steps to deploy adequate security forces to thwart any threat to security emanating from the boycott call.

Yesterday, the outfit had announced a 36-hour bandh beginning at 6pm on Friday, which will conclude at 6am on Sunday.

The bandh will be effective in the Khasi-Jaintia hills.

Meghalaya goes to the polls on Saturday from 7am to 4pm in 60 constituencies under 2,485 polling stations across 11 districts.

An official communiqué stated the government is committed to ensuring full security to every voter and will take necessary steps to ensure that they shall be able to exercise their democratic rights in a free, fair and secure environment.

Noting that the authenticity of the boycott call was yet to be verified, the communiqué stated the police department would make detailed arrangements to respond to every need.

The district administration has also been instructed to follow the detailed security plan.

The chief secretary has convened a meeting of all political parties tomorrow at 2pm here.

Representatives of every party have been requested to attend the meeting.

The government also appealed to all sections of the electorate to come out in large numbers on Saturday to exercise their franchise.

Any complaint of threat or intimidation may be reported to the police control room over telephone numbers 2222277/2226101 or special branch control room in telephone numbers 2222855/2227050 or election control room in telephone numbers 2501824/2502154.

These decisions were taken at a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of the chief secretary, which was attended by the director-general of police, principal secretary home (police), chief electoral officer and others to review the security scenario in the state.


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