However there was a downfall in the turnout of the two assembly seats with South Tura registering 72.89% against 73.59% then and Ranikor, 85.89% against 89.5% from the February 27 elections.
The by polls went off smoothly sans a few technical issues.
South Tura has a total of 30,231 voters out of which 14,836 are males and 15,351 females 33 service voters and one NRI.
Conrad K Sangma of the National’s People Party was facing Congress‘s Charlotte W Momin, and two other independents John Leslee Sangma and Chris Kabul A Sangma.
Apart from John Leslee Sangma, the other candidates couldn’t vote for themselves as they were registered in other constituencies.
After voting early on Thursday, Conrad Sangma seemed confident and was noted saying “Therefore they are equally excited and I am sure that we will come out in flying colours,” he had said, adding, “I am sure that we would come out victorious in this particular election.”
The by poll in Ranikor was conducted urgently after five-time sitting Congress legislator Martin M Danggo resigned to join the NPP.
Dominated again by the ruling party, he faces Jackiush Sangma from the Congress, United Democratic Party’s Pius Marwein and PN Syiem of the People’s Democratic Front.
South West Khasi Hills District has a total of 29,685 voters which compromises of 15,183 males, 14,487 females and 15 service voters.
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