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Election Commission of India (ECI) announces Ranikor by-poll date at Shillong

A Correspondent

SHILLONG, July 27: By-poll to the Ranikor Assembly seat will be held on August 23, simultaneously with the South Tura constituency, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Friday.

On July 23 the ECI had announced the date for by-poll in the state’s South Tura Constituency, while deferring its decision on the Ranikor seat which left various political parties fuming.

The United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Congress had even petitioned the ECI urging it to hold by-elections on the same day to the two vacant Meghalaya Assembly seats.

As per the schedule announced by the ECI, the date of issue of Gazette notification would be July 30. The last date of filing of nominations would be August 6, scrutiny of the papers will be on August 7 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is August 9.The votes will be counted on August 27.

According to the ECI, the date for the Ranikor by-election was taken after considering various factors like festivals, electoral rolls and weather conditions.

The Ranikor seat fell vacant after former MLA, Martin M Danggo resigned from the seat and the primary membership of the Congress to join the National People’s Party (NPP).

A fifth time legislator, Danggo was first elected in 1998 on a People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) ticket from the then Langrin constituency. Unlike in South Tura constituents of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) – UDP and the BJP will be putting up their respective candidates.

The UDP has already announced the candidature of Pius Marwein. Marwein had lost to Danggo by 2002 votes in the February 27 elections. The People’s Democratic Front will field ex-Mawsynram MLA and former chief of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, Pynshngaiñ N Syiem.

Ranikor constituency has 65 polling stations. The total number of electorates is 29685 (including 15 service voters). There are 15,183 male and 14,487 female voters. The polling station with the largest number of electorates is Rangthong with 817 voters, while Nongbahjynrin-Mawthabah has the lowest number of 63 voters.