16th General Elections Latest News And Live Update
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
Quick facts for Meghalaya General Elections 2014
|Parliamentary Constituencies|| |
|Ruling Party||INC Alliance|
|Opposition Party||Nationalist Congress Party|
|Chief Minister||Mukul Sangma|
|Governor||K. K. Paul|
|Chief Electoral Officer||Prashant Naik|
|Address||Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Meghalaya Additional Secretariat, Room No 412 Meghalaya, Shillong|
|No. of Electors||Male electors||Female electors||No. of Electors as %age of Total Electorate of India||No. of electors having EPIC (Electoral Photo Identity Card)|
Meghalaya (Lok Sabha) and Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) Elections 2014 Information
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.
|No of PCs going to poll 2||(PC no. 1 to 2) Click to see Pcs|
|Issue of Notification||15 Mar 14 (Sat)|
|Last Date for filing Nominations||22 Mar 14 (Sat)|
|Scrutiny of Nominations||24 Mar 14 (Mon)|
|Last date for withdrawal of Candidature||26 Mar 14 (Wed)|
|Date of Poll||09 Apr 14 (Wed)|
|Counting of Votes||16 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.
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.
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. Name||P.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 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. No||Name of Chief Ministers||From||To||Party|
|1||Williamson A. Sangma (state becomes autonomous)||Apr 2, 1970||Jul 21, 1972||APHLC|
|2||W.A. Sangma||Jul 21, 1972||Mar 18, 1973||APHLC|
|3||W.A. Sangma||Mar 18, 1973||Nov 21, 1976||APHLC|
|4||W.A. Sangma||Nov 22, 1976||Mar 3, 1978||INC|
|5||Darwin Diengdoh Pugh||Mar 10, 1978||Feb 21, 1979||APHLC|
|6||Darwin Diengdoh Pugh||Feb 21, 1979||May 6, 1979||APHLC|
|7||B.B. Lyngdoh||May 7, 1979||May 7, 1981||APHLC|
|8||W.A. Sangma||May 7, 1981||Feb 24, 1983||INC|
|9||B.B. Lyngdoh||Mar 2, 1983||Mar 31, 1983||APHLC|
|10||W.A. Sangma||Apr 2, 1983||Feb 5, 1988||INC|
|11||P.A. Sangma||Feb 6, 1988||Mar 25, 1990||INC|
|12||B.B. Lyngdoh||Mar 26, 1990||Oct 10, 1991||HPU|
|President's rule||Oct 11, 1991||Feb 5, 1992|
|13||D.D. Lapang||Feb 5, 1992||Feb 19, 1993||INC|
|14||S.C. Marak||Feb 19, 1993||Feb 27, 1998||INC|
|15||S.C. Marak||Feb 27, 1998||Mar 10, 1998||INC|
|16||B.B. Lyngdoh||Mar 10, 1998||Mar 8, 2000||UDP|
|17||E.K. Mawlong||Mar 8, 2000||Dec 8, 2001||UDP|
|18||Flinder Anderson Khonglam||Dec 8, 2001||Mar 4, 2003||IND|
|19||D.D. Lapang||Mar 4, 2003||Jun 15, 2006||INC|
|20||J. D. Rymbai||Jun 15, 2006||Mar 10, 2007||INC|
|21||D.D. Lapang||Mar 10, 2007||Mar 4, 2008||INC|
|22||D.D. Lapang||Mar 4, 2008||Mar 19, 2008||INC|
|23||Donkupar Roy||Mar 19, 2008||Mar 18, 2009||UDP|
|President's rule||Mar 18, 2009||May 12, 2009|
|24||D.D. Lapang||May 13, 2009||Apr 19, 2010||INC|
|25||Mukul Sangma||Apr 20, 2010||Present||INC|
List of Governors of Meghalaya
|Sr. No||Name of Governors||From||To|
|1||Braj Kumar Nehru||1 April, 1970||September. 1973|
|2||Lallan Prasad Singh||September 1973||Aug 10, 1981|
|3||Prakash Chandra Mehrotra||Aug 11, 1981||28 March, 1984|
|4||Triveni Sahai Misra||29 March, 1984||15 April, 1984|
|5||Bhishma Narain Singh||16 April, 1984||10 May, 1989|
|6||Harideo Joshi||11 May, 1989||26 July, 1989|
|7||Abubakar Abdul Rahim||Jul 27, 1989||8 May, 1990|
|8||Madhukar Dighe||9 May, 1990||18 June, 1995|
|9||M. M. Jacob||19 June, 1995||11 April, 2007|
|10||Banwari Lal Joshi||Apr 12, 2007||28 October, 2007|
|11||Shivinder Singh Sidhu||29 October, 2007||30 June, 2008|
|12||Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary||Jul 1, 2008||Jun 30, 2013|
|13||K. K. Paul||Jul 1, 2013||Present|
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