Meghalaya: Sohiong Bypoll Peaceful, Over 91 Pc Voter Turnout Recorded
The Sohiong by-election in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya on Monday was conducted peacefully, and more than 91 percent of the voters cast their votes. This by-election became necessary after the sitting MLA of the constituency, Titosstarwell Chyne, resigned to contest the Shella assembly by-elections in November 2019.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, voters turned out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right. Strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols was maintained at all polling stations, with voters and polling personnel wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
The polling stations were equipped with facilities for thermal screening and hand sanitisation, and regular sanitisation was carried out throughout the day. The election commission had taken special measures to make polling booths safe and secure for the voters.
This by-poll had witnessed a three-cornered contest between the National People’s Party (NPP), the United Democratic Party (UDP), and the Congress. The main contest was between Conrad K Sangma of the NPP, Pyniaid Sing Syiem of the UDP and Charlotte W Momin of the Congress.
The counting of votes will take place on May 12, and the results will be declared on the same day. The by-poll result is significant for the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government led by Conrad K Sangma as a win for them would strengthen their position in the assembly.
In conclusion, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Meghalaya has set an example for the rest of the country by conducting democratic processes peacefully and safely. With the counting of votes on May 12, it remains to be seen which party will emerge victorious in the Sohiong by-election.