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North East Elections 2018: As Meghalaya, Nagaland vote, a big test awaits BJP

After witnessing months of election campaign, voting in Meghalaya and Nagaland begins. The results of the polls may hold the key to the BJP's fortunes in the upcoming Karnataka, Rajasthan and the Lok Sabha elections.

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After witnessing months of election campaigning, Meghalaya and Nagaland has started voting to form the new governments in respective state on Tuesday. (Reuters)
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After witnessing months of election campaigning, Meghalaya and Nagaland has started voting to form the new governments in respective state on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Voting for the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly began at 7 am amid tight security with over 18 lakh voters eligible to exercise their franchise across the state. (Reuters)
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Voting for the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly began at 7 am amid tight security with over 18 lakh voters eligible to exercise their franchise across the state. (Reuters)

As many as 361 candidates, including 31 women and 80 Independents are contesting the polls. About 3,025 polling stations have been set up in Meghalaya. (PTI)
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As many as 361 candidates, including 31 women and 80 Independents are contesting the polls. About 3,025 polling stations have been set up in Meghalaya. (PTI)

For the first time, 67 all-women polling stations and 61 model polling stations have been set up in Meghalaya, said state's Chief Electoral Officer F R Kharkongor. (PTI)
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For the first time, 67 all-women polling stations and 61 model polling stations have been set up in Meghalaya, said state's Chief Electoral Officer F R Kharkongor. (PTI)

Polling for the 60-member Nagaland Assembly also began at 7 am amid tight security arrangement as more than half of the 2,156 polling stations in the state have been reportedly declared critical. (PTI)
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Polling for the 60-member Nagaland Assembly also began at 7 am amid tight security arrangement as more than half of the 2,156 polling stations in the state have been reportedly declared critical. (PTI)

A total of 11,76,432 voters, including 5,97,281 men, 5,79,151 women and 5,884 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 195 candidates in Nagaland. (PTI)
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A total of 11,76,432 voters, including 5,97,281 men, 5,79,151 women and 5,884 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 195 candidates in Nagaland. (PTI)

No third-gender voters has been listed in Nagaland. But, the number of first-time voters is 26,900, Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Awa Lorin said. (PTI)
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No third-gender voters has been listed in Nagaland. But, the number of first-time voters is 26,900, Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Awa Lorin said. (PTI)

Over 15,000 government employees have been deployed on poll duty and there are 177 all-women polling stations across 25 constituencies of Nagaland. (PTI)
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Over 15,000 government employees have been deployed on poll duty and there are 177 all-women polling stations across 25 constituencies of Nagaland. (PTI)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has left no stone unturned during the election campaign in the two north-eastern states. As voting continues, the saffron party hopes to add Congress-ruled Meghalaya to its kitty and wrest power in Nagaland through its regional ally. (PTI)
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has left no stone unturned during the election campaign in the two north-eastern states. As voting continues, the saffron party hopes to add Congress-ruled Meghalaya to its kitty and wrest power in Nagaland through its regional ally. (PTI)

Congress, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, has also tried hard to woo the voters in the two states to retain its hold in the north-east. (PTI)
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Congress, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, has also tried hard to woo the voters in the two states to retain its hold in the north-east. (PTI)

First Published on Feb 27, 2018 03:09 pm
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