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Shillong: Over 70 percent of a total of eight lakh electors on Monday voted for the two autonomous tribal councils in Meghalaya's Khasi Jaintia Hills region - the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council.

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"About 70.8 percent of the 6.68 lakh voters in the Khasi Hills and 58 percent out of 2.09 lakh voters in Jaintia Hills casted their votes," District Council Affairs Commissioner and Secretary Jopthiaw Lyngdoh told reporters.
    
"Apart from stray incidences, the poll was held in a peaceful, free and fair manner," Lyngdoh said.
    
However, due to connectivity problem, the figures were collected till 7 pm, he said, adding that the overall total figure is expected to shoot up tentatively to 75 percent.
    
Sohra and Shella polling stations recorded the highest turnout at 82.38 percent and 73.95 percent respectively.
    
While polling was peaceful in all polling stations including those identified as hyper-sensitive, polling in Umladang polling station under Nartiang-Umladang constituency in West Jaintia Hills District was stopped following the attack of a group of 30- 40 men who barged in and destroyed the electronic voting machine.
    
Of the 1,492 polling, a total of 210 polling stations under KHADC and JHADC have been declared as ‘hyper-sensitive’ while 355 as ‘sensitive’ by the state election department.
    
The ruling Congress is the only party contesting all the 58 seats followed by the UDP in 45 seats.
    
The HSPDP is contesting in only 25 seats, KHNAM 13, NCP 7, and NPP 1 besides 63 independents from both the ADCs.
     
212 candidates belonging to six different political parties are contesting for 58 seats in the two councils.
        
The counting will take place on February 27.

(Agencies)

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