By Our Reporter
Shillong, Feb 12, 2017
Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick Kharkongor informed that a total number of 372 candidates will contest from the 60 constituencies for the February 27 Assembly polls.
“The final list of candidate who would contest the 2018 Assembly election is 372,” CEO informed media persons after the last date of withdrawal of nominations.
Informing that altogether 378 candidates had filed nominations, he said that the nominations of three candidates were rejected after the scrutiny adding that a total number of three candidates withdrew their nominations leaving 372 in the fray.
It may be mentioned that a total number of three candidates officially withdrew from the nomination list – Sandi Naki Bamon from Sutnga Saipung, Isaiah Phawa from Nartiang and Luckystar Ymbon from Raliang.
According to the CEO, out of the total candidates who are in fray, 340 are male candidates while 32 are female candidates.
Informing that the team from the Chief Election Commission’s office on a two-day visit on February 15, the CEO also informed that they would be coming to the State to assess the situation ahead of Assembly polls. He also informed that the team would be holding various meetings with different officials from the State and the centre.
Kharkongor salso informed Chief Secretaries of Assam and Meghalaya would be holding meeting about the polling stations at the borders so that there is smooth conduct of the elections.
He also said that there are now 633 vulnerable and 315 critical polling stations in the State. West Shillong has been kept under extra watch after a grenade was today recovered from the vehicle of person from the constituency. Meanwhile, a total of 6391 arms have been deposited across the State while 2.5 lakh cash were seized. History-sheeters have also been asked to sign bonds not to disturb peace during the elections, the CEO said.