Meghalaya: Over 86,000 youth to cast their votes for the first time in ensuing polls

By Our Correspondent, TNT News | SHILLONG, Jan 18, 2018:
A total number of  86, 890 youths between the age group of 18-19 years will be exercising their franchise for the first time during the ensuing Assembly polls in the State.
While talking to media persons here today, Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick R Kharkongor said that more than 86,000 plus youth will be casting their votes for this first in the ensuing poll in Meghalaya slated for February 27.
According to Kharkongor, a total number of  2174 people with disabilities have enrolled themselves as electorates and there are also 2077 service voters (voters from the armed forces).
As per the electoral roll which was published on January, 10, 2018, there are a total number of 18, 30,104 electorates in the state of Meghalaya, with 9, 07, 223 male voters and 9, 24, 264 female voters.
The CEO also informed that 19 constituencies with 168 polling stations are in the inter-state border with Assam while another 11 assembly constituencies are along the international border with Bangladesh.
The CEO also informed that 21574 officials would be engaged for smooth conduct of the elections.
Kharkongor also informed that apart from these officials, there will be 385 sector observers and 270 zonal officers. He also informed that 329 micro observers from various central government institutions will be engaged for the polls. The CEO also said that there will be 180 flying squads.
The CEO also informed that there are 313 "shadow areas" – where there is no mobile connectivity in the state.
"We will be using 309 VHF sets and 4 satellite phones for this purpose (to communicate)," Kharkongor informed.
Mawlai in East Khasi Hills district with 42, 780 has the largest number of electorates while, Dalu in West Garo Hills has the least number of voters with 18,359. Mawlai has 73 polling stations and Dalu has 30. Meanwhile, one NRI has also registered in South Tura constituency.