Elections in Meghalaya (ML) 2014

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Over 69 percent turnout in Meghalaya - April 10, 2014 05:35 PM

Over 69 percent of Meghalaya's 15.67 lakh-strong electorate cast their votes for the two Lok Sabha seats in the mountainous northeastern state, an election official said Thursday. "The final figure of voting in Shillong and Tura constituencies was 69.03 percent," state chief electoral officer Prashant Naik told IANS. A total of 2,562 polling booths had been set up in the state's 11 districts for the polling Wednesday.  Source: IANS

Meghalaya records 53 percent polling - April 09, 2014 04:29 PM

Meghalaya Wednesday recorded 53 percent polling till 3 p.m., as voting took place at a brisk pace with people turning out in huge numbers to elect two Lok Sabha members from the state. "Around 53 percent of the 15,67,241 electors voted till 3 p.m. in Shillong and Tura," State Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik said. Source:IANS

Elephant scare, firing near Meghalaya booths - April 09, 2014 02:26 PM

Voting picked up Wednesday for the two Lok Sabha seats in Meghalaya, even as the firing of blanks was reported near a polling centre and wild elephants disrupted officials from visiting two polling booths in the state. "Around 39 percent of the 15,67,241 electors voted till 1 p.m. in Shillong and Tura," State Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik said, adding that the turnout is expected to increase as the day progresses. Source:IANS

Meghalaya witnesses 10 pc voting - April 09, 2014 11:50 AM

Meghalaya witnessed ten per cent of the voters exercising their franchise till 9 AM for the two Lok Sabha constituencies where polling began this morning. Defying a 12-hour bandh called by a banned separatist group in the Khasi Jaintia Hills region, voters turned out more in urban areas compared to rural areas, Chief Electoral Officer P Naik said. Governor Dr K K Paul cast his vote in the early hours. Source: PTI

Voting begins in Meghalaya - April 09, 2014 08:01 AM

Voting for two parliamentary constituencies in Meghalaya began Wednesday amidst tight security, marking the start of second phase elections in India which began April 7, an official said. Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of polling stations well before voting opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 5 p.m., said chief electoral officer Prashant Naik. Source: IANS

Sangma bats for smaller states - April 04, 2014 04:22 PM

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma, a nine-time MP who is returning to national politics through the Lok Sabha election, supports the demand for creation of smaller states across the country. The National People's Party (NPP) supremo, who returned to the national political scene by seeking the mandate from the Tura constituency, is fighting the Lok Sabha polls on the plank of a separate Garoland to be carved out of Meghalaya. Source:IANS

Sangma battles Congress and an indifferent electorate in Meghalaya - April 03, 2014 07:55 PM

Unlike the rest of the country, where the two principal national parties are waging a high decibel Lok Sabha campaign, the lack of issues in the two constituencies in Meghalaya has translated into a battle of personalities - particularly in Tura where nine-time MP Purno Sangma is ranged against the Congress' Daryl William Cheran Momin, who is fighting for change Source:IANS
Meghalaya is a small state in the North Eastern region of India. It was earlier a part of Assam and was established as a seperate state in Jan 1972. Meghalaya has two parliamentary constituencies: Shillong and Tura. The Indian National Congress (INC), the National Peoples’ Party (NPP), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are the major parties here. The total number of voters, as per latest available data, is 15,53,028, among which 7,83,270 are male and 7,83,270 are female.

Quick facts for Meghalaya General Elections 2014

Parliamentary Constituencies
Assembly Constituencies 60
Ruling PartyINC Alliance
Opposition PartyNationalist Congress Party
Chief MinisterMukul Sangma
GovernorK. K. Paul
Chief Electoral OfficerPrashant Naik
AddressOffice of the Chief Electoral Officer, Meghalaya Additional Secretariat, Room No 412 Meghalaya, Shillong

No. of ElectorsMale electorsFemale electorsNo. of Electors as %age of Total Electorate of IndiaNo. of electors having EPIC (Electoral Photo Identity Card)

Meghalaya (Lok Sabha) and Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) Elections 2014 Information

Dates and Schedule Meghalaya 2014 Opinion Poll List of Parliamentary Constituencies in Meghalaya
Assembly Election in Meghalaya 2014 Campaigning Strategies About Meghalaya Elections
Administration of Meghalaya  Political Parties in Meghalaya List of Chief Minister in Maharashtara
List of Governors in Meghalaya Election Commission of Meghalaya CEO of Meghalaya
Parliamentary Elections Result candidate list of meghalaya

About 55,423 voters are newly enrolled, among which 29,519 are male and 25,904 are female. This is the first time when the VVPAT or Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail will be used in Meghalaya (only Tura constituency), Mizoram, and Nagaland. Three tribes that play an important role in Meghalaya's politics are Garo, Jaintia, and Khasi.

Purno A. Sangma, the former Lok Sabha speaker, has not only formed his own party, the NPP, but has also announced to contest the Tura parliamentary constituency. He is meeting many non-Congress parties to garner support in his favor. The BJP is trying tooth and nail to improve its tally not only in Meghalaya but in the entire Northeast. In fact, to this end the party has forged an alliance with P.A. Sangma’s NPP. The BJP will support him from the Tura constituency, from where Sangma’s daughter Agatha Sangma is the sitting MP. The INC is heading an alliance with another important partner, the United Democratic Party (UDP).

According to India TV survey 2014, both the INC and the NPP will win one parliamentary constituency each from Meghalaya. The Lok Sabha election in Meghalaya will be held on 9 April 2014.

Meghalaya General (Lok Sabha) Elections 2014 - Dates and Schedule

Meghalaya General Elections 2014 Important Dates

The table below represents the important dates associated with the Meghalaya General Elections 2014 and when are elections going to be held in Meghalaya, the date of issue of notification, nominations and much, more.

Phase 2
No of PCs going to poll 2 (PC no. 1 to 2) Click to see Pcs
Issue of Notification15 Mar 14 (Sat)
Last Date for filing Nominations22 Mar 14 (Sat)
Scrutiny of Nominations24 Mar 14 (Mon)
Last date for withdrawal of Candidature26 Mar 14 (Wed)
Date of Poll 09 Apr 14 (Wed)
Counting of Votes16 May 14 (Fri)
Date before which the election shall be completed 28 May 14 (Wed)

Meghalaya 2014 Lok Sabha Opinion Poll

India TV survey 2014: The congress party and the Nationalist People's Party will secure a seat each.

Meghalaya Opinion Poll survey 2014 by India TV

Campaigning Strategies

The BJP is making inroads into Meghalaya and expanding its base by forging an alliance with P.A. Sangma’s NPP. In fact, this has helped the BJP to almost secure one seat (Tura) from Meghalaya and throw a tough fight to the INC in Shillong. P.A. Sangma will contest from the Tura constituency and is trying to garner support from non-Congress and like-minded parties, therefore consolidating non-INC votes. Keeping the coming election in mind, the state government has decided to expedite the work of all power projects so that the state can come out of the gloomy darkness due to power shortage. The United Democratic Party’s working President, Paul Lingdoh, is going to contest the Lok Sabha election, who got support from the NPP but was opposed by the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) and the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP).

About Meghalaya Elections

Meghalaya, a landlocked hilly state in the north east was originally a part of the state of Assam, consisting of the Garo Hills district and the United Jaintia and Khasi Hill district in the state of Assam. In 1970, it became a state consisting of these districts within Assam after the Assam Reorganization act was passed in 1969. From the year 1957 to 1971, Meghalaya was represented in the Lok Sabha as an autonomous district of Assam. Meghalaya became a full-fledged state of the Indian union on 21st January 1972. The state has two divisions and seven districts.

Meghalaya has a unicameral legislature as it has only one house of the state legislative assembly also called the Vidhan Sabha. The members to the 60 seat Legislative Assembly are elected through direct elections every five years. In the Indian parliament, the state has two Lok Sabha seats and one Rajya Sabha seat. There is reservation for the ethnic tribal communities in the Parliamentary and State Assembly constituencies.

In addition to the state assembly and the Lok Sabha, elections are also held for the three autonomous district councils in the state. These are the Garo hills autonomous District council, the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council, and the Khasi hills Autonomous District Council.

The state has held regular elections since the date of its formation. The first elected Chief Minister of the state was Shri W A Sangma. He was elected uncontested from Siju constituency in 1972. Other prominent politicians of the state are Shri P A Sangma, the former speaker of the Lok Sabha. Agatha Sangma, his daughter, is the member of the 15th Lok Sabha and a Union Minister of State for Rural Development.

The Main Political Parties

The main political parties in the state are
  • The Indian National Congress (INC)
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
  • All India Trinamool Congress (AITC)
  • Communist Party of India
  • Garo National Council
  • Hill States People's Democratic Party (HSPDP)
  • Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP)
  • Meghalaya Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
  • United Democratic Party (Meghalaya) UDP
  • Khun Hynniewtrep National awakening Movement (KHNAM)

Administration of Meghalaya   

The legislature of Meghalaya is unicameral in nature, having 60 assembly seats. The state sends two elected representative to the Lok Sabha and one to the Rajya Sabha. The apex court of the state is the Meghalaya High Court. Prior to March 2013, Meghalaya was under the jurisdiction of the Gauhati High Court. As per the sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India, there are three ADCs or Autonomous District Councils in the state: Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council, Garo Hills Autonomous District Council, and Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council. A strong Panchayati Raj exists in the state for administering the local areas.

List of Parliamentary Constituency in Meghalaya

P.C. No.P.C. NameP.C. No.P.C. Name

Constituencies In Meghalaya

Meghalaya has 60 State assembly constituencies out of which 55 are reserved for the scheduled tribes. The Jaintia and Khasi hill division has 36 constituencies and the Garo hill division has 24 constituencies. Each division has one parliamentary constituency. Shillong (Jaintia and Khasi hill division) and Tura (Garo hill division) are the parliamentary constituencies.

Some of the State Assembly constituencies in the Shillong Parliamentary constituencies are Nartiang, Jowai, Raliang, Mowkaiaw, Amlare, Umroi, East Shillong, North Shillong, Mylliem, Nongkrem, Shella,Pynursla, Sohra, Ranikor, and Mawphlang.

Some of the State Assembly constituencies in the Tura Parliamentary constituency are Kharkutta, Mendipathar, Ampati, Songsak, Rongara-Siju, Dalu, Baghmara, Phulbari, Dalu, Salmanpara, Rajabala, Selsella, Rangsakona, and Chokpot.

State Legislative Assembly Elections

The last State Assembly elections in the state were held in a single phase on 3 March, 2008. Electronic Voting machines were used in the elections and the results were declared within a day of counting of the votes. The voter turnout for the last assembly election was 88%.

No party had a clear majority in the elections .The ruling INC won 25 seats. The NCP won 14 seats and the UDP won 11. The INC was initially asked to form the government as it had won the largest number of seats. The incumbent CM D D Lapang was invited to form a government. However, this government did not last. The NCP and the UDP along with some other parties such as BJP and HSPDP formed an alliance called the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) and this coalition came to power for a year with Dr Donkupar Roy as the CM. The alliance broke up in 2009 and the INC led Meghalaya United Alliance formed the government; D D Lapang became the CM but resigned in 2010.

Currently Dr Mukul Sangma of the INC is the Chief Minister. The Speaker of the 8th Meghalaya Legislative assembly is Mr. Charles Pyngrope, the Deputy Speaker is Mr. Sanbhor Sullai, and the Leader of the Opposition is Mr. Conrad Sangma of the NCP.

List of Chief Ministers of Meghalaya

Sr. NoName of Chief MinistersFromToParty
1Williamson A. Sangma (state becomes autonomous)Apr 2, 1970Jul 21, 1972APHLC
2W.A. SangmaJul 21, 1972Mar 18, 1973APHLC
3W.A. SangmaMar 18, 1973Nov 21, 1976APHLC
4W.A. SangmaNov 22, 1976Mar 3, 1978INC
5Darwin Diengdoh PughMar 10, 1978Feb 21, 1979APHLC
6Darwin Diengdoh PughFeb 21, 1979May 6, 1979APHLC
7B.B. LyngdohMay 7, 1979May 7, 1981APHLC
8W.A. SangmaMay 7, 1981Feb 24, 1983INC
9B.B. LyngdohMar 2, 1983Mar 31, 1983APHLC
10W.A. SangmaApr 2, 1983Feb 5, 1988INC
11P.A. SangmaFeb 6, 1988Mar 25, 1990INC
12B.B. LyngdohMar 26, 1990Oct 10, 1991HPU
 President's ruleOct 11, 1991Feb 5, 1992 
13D.D. LapangFeb 5, 1992Feb 19, 1993INC
14S.C. MarakFeb 19, 1993Feb 27, 1998INC
15S.C. MarakFeb 27, 1998Mar 10, 1998INC
16B.B. LyngdohMar 10, 1998Mar 8, 2000UDP
17E.K. MawlongMar 8, 2000Dec 8, 2001UDP
18Flinder Anderson KhonglamDec 8, 2001Mar 4, 2003IND
19D.D. LapangMar 4, 2003Jun 15, 2006INC
20J. D. RymbaiJun 15, 2006Mar 10, 2007INC
21D.D. LapangMar 10, 2007Mar 4, 2008INC
22D.D. LapangMar 4, 2008Mar 19, 2008INC
23Donkupar RoyMar 19, 2008Mar 18, 2009UDP
 President's ruleMar 18, 2009May 12, 2009 
24D.D. LapangMay 13, 2009Apr 19, 2010INC
25Mukul SangmaApr 20, 2010PresentINC

List of Governors of Meghalaya

Sr. NoName of GovernorsFromTo
1Braj Kumar Nehru1 April, 1970September. 1973
2Lallan Prasad SinghSeptember 1973Aug 10, 1981
3Prakash Chandra MehrotraAug 11, 198128 March, 1984
4Triveni Sahai Misra29 March, 198415 April, 1984
5Bhishma Narain Singh16 April, 198410 May, 1989
6Harideo Joshi11 May, 198926 July, 1989
7Abubakar Abdul RahimJul 27, 19898 May, 1990
8Madhukar Dighe9 May, 199018 June, 1995
9M. M. Jacob19 June, 199511 April, 2007
10Banwari Lal JoshiApr 12, 200728 October, 2007
11Shivinder Singh Sidhu29 October, 200730 June, 2008
12Ranjit Shekhar MooshaharyJul 1, 2008Jun 30, 2013
13K. K. PaulJul 1, 2013Present

Election Commission of Meghalaya

The state election commission of Meghalaya ensures free and fair elections for the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya, and Office of President and Vice President of India. Other tasks include reorganisation or rationalisation of polling stations, issuance of EPICS to voters, education (including provision of acts, instructions, and rules) of voters, etc.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Meghalaya

Prashant Naik is the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Meghalaya and also the Principal Secretary to the Government, Elections Department.

Office address: Additional Secretariat, Room No 412 Meghalaya, Shillong
Phone No: 0364-2225935
Fax: 0364-2220202
Email: <>ceomeghalaya@gmail.com
Website: http://ceomeghalaya.nic.in
Last Updated on February 6, 2014

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