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Poll steps in Garo hills win approval

Tura, April 3: Meghalaya chief secretary P.B.O. Warjri today expressed satisfaction over poll preparations in Garo hills after returning from a two-day tour across the five districts in the region.

Director-general of police Peter James Haneman accompanied Warjri during his tour. Lok Sabha elections will be held in Garo hills next Wednesday.

Warjri told The Telegraph, “The district administration and police in Garo hills have ensured elaborate arrangements to ensure free and fair polling. We are convinced about their strategies to maintain law and order.”

He also lauded the efforts of the district administration in the newly created South West Garo Hills and North Garo Hills districts for their detailed and meticulous poll plans.

These two districts were created only last year.

On the challenges being faced by the new districts, Warjri said: “Road infrastructure, communication, and the law and order situation with regard to insurgency was much better than other districts.”

Extra measures have been taken to ensure free and fair polling in the insurgency-hit districts of East and South Garo Hills.

At Ampati, the district headquarters of South West Garo Hills, Warjri asked the district officials not to let comfort lull them into a sense of complacency. “If you take some responsibility with full commitment, the district will have the smoothest and most successful elections.”

The director-general of police also seemed pleased with the overall poll preparedness in the Garo hills. “If everything goes according to plan, there should be no security issues and the entire election process should be smooth,” he said.

Two candidates are in the fray for Tura parliamentary seat — Purno Agitok Sangma from the National People’s Party and Daryl William Momin from the Congress.

The constituency has a total electorate of 5,84,070, which includes 2,95,823 men and 2,88,247 women. There are altogether 929 polling stations in the five districts of the Garo hills, which comprises Tura parliamentary seat. A total of 240 booths have been identified as hypersensitive and 121 have been categorised sensitive.


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