As many as 369 candidates from 14 political parties and independents are vying for the 59 Assembly seats in Meghalaya.
Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Kharkongor said on Friday the State has witnessed unprecedented intensity this time.
He also said except for the killing of Williamnagar candidate Jonathone Sangma, the campaign was by and large peaceful.
The CEO further revealed that after the model code of conduct came into effect from January 31, a total of Rs 69 lakh and 30,000 litres of liquor were seized from various parts of the State.
There has also been a record enrolment of voters prior to the polls.
“We have a registered electorate of 18,44,000 out of which 89,000 are first-time voters belonging to 18 to 19 age category that forms 4.5 per cent of the electorate which according to CEC is the highest in the country,” Kharkongor said.
The State also has the highest number of female candidates in the fray with 32 female candidates contesting in this Assembly election.
In Nagaland, 53 candidates are seeking re-election to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
Of the 53 MLAs, 29 belong to NPF, nine to BJP, 11 to NDPP, three to NPP and one to JD(U).
Of the 38 NPF MLAs elected in 2013 Assembly elections, 18 are contesting as NPF candidates, four as BJP, 10 as NDPP, one each as JDU and NPP candidates.
Three are not seeking re-election and one seat fell vacant after the death of the sitting MLA.
All four sitting BJP legislators are seeking re-election under the same party.
Of the 86 first timers, 13 are contesting as NPF, 16 as NDPP, eight as BJP, 12 as INC, five as NCP, seven as JD-U, 14 NPP, two as AAP, one as LJSP and 8 as Independent.
As per the affidavits filed by candidates, the average assets of re-contesting MLAs in 2013 was Rs 3.06 crores while the average assets of those re-contesting MLAs in 2018 was Rs 4.31 crores.
The average growth in assets of re-contesting MLAs from 2013 to 2018 was Rs 1.24 crores that is by 41 per cent.
Meanwhile a total of 11,70,548 voters will exercise their franchise on February 27 in 59 constituencies, among whom 5,91,440 are males and 5,79,108 are females.