Meghalaya registers 44 percent polling till 1 pm

Meghalaya witnessed brisk polling till 1 pm with over 44 percent voters cast their vote to elect a Lok Sabha member from Tura in the state.

The by-poll was necessitated in the wake of the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma on March 4.

Sangma's youngest son Conrad K. Sangma of the NPP is contesting against Congress nominee Dikkanchi.D. Shira. "We are optimistic of winning," said Shira after casting her vote at Chengkompara in Ampati assembly segment.

According to Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Kharkongor, the state has not witnessed any violence so far and polling is going on smoothly. The state has registered 44.2 percent voting till 1 pm.

Earlier Conrad expressed confidence that voters would elect him as the LS member to pay their tribute to his late father P.A. Sangma. The Tura Lok Sabha seat, which covers 24 assembly segments, has 622,189 voters.