Meghalaya Bye-Polls: 13 candidates file nominations for three constituencies
As the last day of filing nominations for the bye-polls ended on Friday, 13 candidates are in the fray for the upcoming bye-election to the three Assembly constituencies on October 30.
Of the 13, five candidates each will be contesting from Mawryngkneng and Rajabala constituencies, while three will fight for the Mawphlang seat, informed Frederick Roy Kharkongor, chief electoral officer.
For Mawryngkneng, KHADC chairman and Sohryngkham MDC Pyniaid Sing Syiem from the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) will be contesting against the opposition Congress nominee Highlander Kharmalki and three others - KHNAM candidate Esron Marwein and two independent candidates - Arbiangkam Kharsohmat and Norbert Marboh.
In Mawphlang, Late SK Sunn’s son, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, a football star who decided to contest on a United Democratic Party (UDP) ticket, is pitched against two seasoned politicians – former MLA Kennedy C Khyriem of the Congress and four-time MDC Lamphrang Blah of the NPP.
As for Rajabala constituency, Dr Zaman’s wife Hashina Yasmin Mondal will contest to retain the Congress seat against former legislator and currently sitting MDC of Batabari Ashahel D Shira from UDP and three others – MD Abdus Saleh from NPP, Kingston B Marak (BJP) and Carla R Sangma (independent).
The paper scrutiny and candidature withdrawal date are scheduled for October 11 and 13 respectively.
It must be mentioned that the Meghalaya bye-election was necessitated following the deaths of two Congress legislators – David A Nongrum and Dr Azad Zaman from Mawryngkneng and Rajabala constituency respectively, and independent legislator from Mawphlang SK Sunn. The date of counting of votes is on November 2.
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