Poll in Williamgar LAC
Shillong, April 9: Krinilla R Marak, wife of slain tiolist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jothone N Sangma, on Monday filed her nomition papers for the poll in Williamgar constituency.
The scrutiny of nomition papers will be on April 11 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 13. The polling will be held on April 27. The counting of votes will be on May 1.
Election to the Meghalaya Assembly was held on February 27 this year. However, polling of the Willamgar seat was countermanded on account of the NCP candidate’s death.
Jothone 43, an NCP leader was killed along with his two security guards and his driver on February 18.
Soon after his death, Jothone’s supporters endorsed his wife Krinilla as his replacement for the Williamgar constituency.
Jothone was the NCP candidate from Williamgar constituency in East Garo Hills. Reportedly, an improvised explosive device (IED) killed him at Samanda in Williamgar while he was returning from poll campaign.
Jothone had contested the 2013 polls as an independent candidate and had recently joined the NCP. In 2013, he had secured second highest number of votes, losing out to Cabinet minister and incumbent legislator Deborah C Marak.
As many as 9 candidates will be contesting the poll from Williamgar constituency. They include Marcuise N Marak from NPP, Deborah C Marak from the Congress, Mahamsing M Sangma from UDP, Santosh R Marak from BJP, Sengbath R Marak, Lahatson N Marak, Siljong R Marak and Jan N Arengh as independent candidates.
The candidature of NCP candidate Krenilla Marak will only be ascertained after scrutiny.
Williamgar constituency has 58 polling stations and a total of 32,345 voters – 16,713 males and 15,632 females.