April 7: The heat and dust of electioneering for the April 9 elections in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya and Nagaland came to an end today.
The campaign in the two parliamentary constituencies of Meghalaya ended this evening with candidates making last-minute efforts to woo voters. In Shillong, 9,80,740 voters, including service voters, will seal the fate of eight contestants on Wednesday while 5,86,501 voters (inclusive of service voters) in Tura parliamentary seat will choose between two candidates.
In Tura, NPP candidate Purno Agitok Sangma and Congress candidate Daryl William Momin took a last-minute opportunity to woo voters on the last day.
Congress candidate Daryl William Momin spent the day on a bike and car rally, which began at 11am and continued for several hours.
Similar rallies were held in Williamnagar, East Garo Hills. Social welfare minister, Deborah C. Marak, led the rally.
In Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh, the two Lok Sabha seats in the state will witness a contest among the Congress, BJP, NCP, PPA and Independents.
Altogether 155 candidates, including five women, are in the fray for 49 Assembly seats.
In the 49 Assembly constituencies out of 60, the main contest would be between the Congress and BJP.
The ruling Congress has already opened its account, securing 11 Assembly seats uncontested, including chief minister Nabam Tuki from Sagalee constituency.
The curtains came down today for electioneering in Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat, one of the two Lok Sabha seats in the state in the hill districts, which goes to the polls on April 9. Polling for the second seat in the state, Inner Manipur constituency (valley districts) will be held on April 17.
Canvassing for the election to the lone Lok Sabha seat and bypoll to the Hrangturzo Assembly constituency, to be held simultaneously on April 9, ended today in Congress-ruled Mizoram.
The Mizoram Lok Sabha seat will witness a triangular contest between the ruling Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party, which is contesting in the state for the first time, and the United Democratic Front — an electoral alliance of eight Opposition parties, including the Mizo National Front, the main Opposition party here. The Mizoram Lok Sabha seat has 7,02,189 electorates, which includes 3,55,954 women voters.
outnumbering the 3,46,229 men.
There are 1,126 polling stations of which 385 polling stations, mainly in the urban areas, would use VVPAT system.