The Election Commission of India has announced the dates for the high-profile South Tura bypoll, the polling of which will be held on August 23 and the counting on August 27.
Disclosing the information, Chief Election Commissioner (CEO) of Meghalaya, FR Kharkongor on Monday informed that the last date for filing of nomination is August 6, Scrutiny on August 7 and last date for withdrawal of candidature on August 9.
The South Tura fell vacant after former MP Agatha Sangma resigned from the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on July 2 to pave way for her brother and Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to contest the poll in order to retain his post as CM.
Kharkongor also said that EVMs and VVPATs will be used and the model code of conduct will kick in. There are 36 polling stations in the constituency with 30, 197 electorates including one NRI voter.
The number of female electorates is more than their male counterpart. The female voters stand at 15, 351 and the number of male voters is 14, 846. The largest polling station is 32-Matchakolgre and the smallest booth is 25-Lepar Colony.
When asked about the security arrangements, the CEO said that he will be holding a meeting with the top officials of the Home department on Wednesday. “We will access all the requirements and see if central forces could be pulled in,” he said.
However, dates for the Ranikor bypoll is yet to be announced.