53 percent polling has been reported till 1 p.m. in Meghalaya, where females have turned up in large numbers to exercise their fundamental right to vote.
The assembly polls will decide the electoral fate of 345 contestants, including Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and State Congress President D.D. Lapang.
The Congress has fielded its candidates in all the 60 seats, and ally United Democratic Party in 50. The P.A. Sangma-led National Peoples Party is contesting in 32 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting in 13 seats and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 21 seats.
900 polling stations here have been declared as 'hyper-sensitive'. Booths along the international border and the interstate border with Assam have also been categorised as 'hyper-sensitive'.
The polling has so far been peaceful with no untoward incident being reported. 91 companies of the central paramilitary forces have been deployed in the state to maintain law and order in the state. (ANI)