SHILLONG: The Central Election Committee (CEC) of the United Democratic Party (UDP) will soon discuss on its candidate for the MP election from Shillong constituency as at present there are two candidates vying for the ticket to contest the election next year.
The aspiring candidates include former MLA of West Shillong constituency Paul Lyngdoh and also Jemino Mawthoh — former MLA of Nongthymmai constituency.
In 2014, Paul Lyngdoh had contested the MP election from the UDP. However, he was unsuccessful.
To choose the best candidate, the Central Election Committee (CEC) will hold a meeting on October 16, to discuss on the matter.
The UDP is also seeking support from its partners in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government to support a common candidate from the party.
When contacted the general secretary of UDP, Jemino Mawthoh informed that he is ready to seek a party ticket for the MP election scheduled for 2019.
He informed that though the party had offered him the ticket to contest the MP election in 2014, he declined as he had recently won the MLA election and wanted to serve the people of Nongthymmai constituency.
Mawthoh said: “If the people and different political parties within the MDA government approve my candidature as a common candidate it will be great.” But if they refuse to do so then he is also ready to not stake a claim. “I want to go to Delhi to be the voice of the people and to ensure that Delhi have close ties with the State government,” he said.