The final polling per cent is expected to increase in both states as many people were still in queues till the last reports came, an EC official said.
Briefing the media, OSD in the Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said that voting process was completely peaceful in Meghalaya without any incident of violence.
In 59 seats of Meghalaya, polling was conducted in all 3,025 polling stations. In one seat Williamnagar (ST), polling was adjourned because of death of the NCP candidate on February 18.
Over 18 lakh electors -- more than 9 lakh females and 8.96 lakh males -- are registered in these 59 seats. This is one of the few states where women outnumber men in the electoral list.
Kumar further said more than Rs 1.20 crore were seized by the EC's expenditure monitoring teams besides over 25,000 litre of liquors in the state.
In Nagaland also, polling was held for 59 seats as one candidate was elected unopposed. There are more than 11.91 lakh electors in the state, of which 6.01 lakh are males and 5.89 females, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain told reporters here.
In order to ensure peaceful and trouble-free security atmosphere, 5,443 arms comprising 11.67 per cent were deposited. Five hundred and thirty vulnerable hamlets were identified and confidence building measures were taken in all these hamlets.
Counting for both states along with Tripura will be held on March 3.
Nagaland CM TR Zeliang hopes for peace during polling
We expect that polling will finish smoothly & we will get absolute majority as per voice of the people. We hope peace will prevail in the state & we will move for Naga political solution: Nagaland CM TR Zeliang
We expect that polling will finish smoothly & we will get absolute majority as per voice of the people. We hope peace will prevail in the state & we will move for Naga political solution: Nagaland CM TR Zeliang #NagalandElection2018pic.twitter.com/SssyvKQP3J
Officials said many as 281 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), beside the state police force have been deployed throughout Nagaland to ensure peaceful polling.
State Director General of Police S B Singh said 580 polling stations have been categorised as 'vulnerable' and strict security measures are in place across Meghalaya to ensure free and fair polls. The BSF has also been asked to keep a close vigil along the 443 km-long India-Bangladesh border.
(27 Feb 2018, 9:06 AM IST)
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The two states have a 60-member House each, but voting will be held for 59 constituencies in both. In Meghalaya, the election has been countermanded in Williamnagar in the wake of the killing of NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma in an IED blast in East Garo Hills district on February 18. In Nagaland, NDPP chief Neiphiu Rio has been declared elected unopposed from the Northern Angami-II constituency.