Re-polling at Konarchar polling station under Selsella Assembly constituency recorded a voters’ turnout of 93.40 per cent for the Lok Sabha polls and 93.12 per cent for the by-poll.
According to the Meghalaya chief electoral officer, Frederick Roy Kharkongor, there was a difference in figures of the voters’ turnout between Lok Sabha poll and Assembly by-poll at the polling station because some polling officials cast their vote for the Lok Sabha poll at the polling station by using the election duty certificate (EDC).
Selsella Assembly seat went to by-poll together with the Lok Sabha poll to Tura parliamentary constituency on April 11.
However, the re-poll was necessitated due to crisscrossing of EVMs during the polling held on April 11.
The problem occurred due to a mix-up of EVMs as there was wrong connection of voting machines by a presiding officer.
Two EVMs were used, one for Assembly by-poll and another for Lok Sabha poll at Konarchar polling station as well as in other polling stations under Selsella Assembly constituency.
The by-poll to Selsella Assembly constituency was held to fill up the seat which has fallen vacant after the death Clement Marak (who won the state Assembly poll in 2018) on October 8 last year.
Four candidates are in the fray in the by-poll to Selsella Assembly constituency.
The candidates include Ferlin C.A. Sangma of the ruling NPP, June Eliana R. Marak of the Congress and widow of late Clement Marak, Sayeedullah Nongrum of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Adorsho Sangma of the BJP.
For the Lok Sabha poll to Tura seat, three candidates are in the fray – Agatha K Sangma of the NPP, former chief minister Mukul Sangma of the opposition Congress and Rikman G Momin of the BJP.