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Polls: Urban apathy evident yet again


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By Our Reporter

SHILLONG, April 20: Meghalaya recorded 76.6 per cent voter turnout this Lok Sabha election but none of the urban Assembly segments could touch that mark.
With 75.40 per cent, Mawlai had the highest turnout among the urban Assembly constituencies. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, it had recorded the lowest polling percentage with 59.32.
Mawlai has 50,953 electorates and it is the state’s biggest constituency.
People came out in large numbers on Friday to exercise their franchise. In last year’s Assembly election, they had ensured a resounding victory for the Voice of the People Party candidate,
Mawlai was followed closely by the North Tura constituency. It recorded a marginal increase in polling – from 72.65 per cent in 2019 to 73.08 per cent this election.
However, the polling percentage dropped in South Tura – from 71.97 in 2019 to 69.60 this time around.
Pynthorumkhrah improved by recording 66.65 per cent voter turnout. It was 64.57 per cent in 2019. The turnout in Nongthymmai was 63.31 per cent compared to 63.27 per cent in 2019.
In West Shillong, it was 62.41 per cent as against 65.03 per cent in 2019.
North Shillong registered 59.55 per cent turnout compared to 60.07 per cent in 2019.
Similarly, the turnout dropped in South Shillong – from 63.91 per cent in 2019 to 58.36 per cent this election.
The Election Commission had organised a series of awareness programmes to create awareness among people on their right to franchise.


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