Assam to extend help for peaceful polls along Meghalaya border

Shillong, Feb 23: Assam has assured the Election Commission of India to cooperate with Meghalaya in as far as conducting a free, fair and peaceful Assembly polls in 19 Assembly seats along the inter-state boundary.

The assurance came during a discussion held between the full bench of the Election Commission via video conference with chief secretary of Meghalaya and Assam and other officials on Friday.

Meghalaya chief electoral officer, F.R. Kharkongor said that issues related to coordination, law and order and security measures were discussed with the Commission.

Kharongor said that officials of both the states agreed to work together to ensure peaceful and smooth conduct of Assembly polls in constituencies along the Meghalaya-Assam border.

Kharkongor said that Meghalaya has 19 Assembly constituencies bordering Assam and there are 177 polling booths along the inter-state boundary where 103 polling parties have to move by passing through areas in Assam.

North Garo Hills district with 67 polling stations, Ri-Bhoi district 43 polling stations and West Khasi Hills district 22 polling stations share the border with Assam.

He also said that the Assam government has also agreed to declare dry days in districts bordering Meghalaya on the polling and counting days.

Meghalaya will go to Assembly polls in 59 out of 60 seats on February 27 and counting of votes on March 3. (EoM)

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