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Posted on Jan 31, 11:28AM | UNI
Shillong, Jan 30 : Twelve candidates filed their nominations for the Assembly polls in Meghalaya, with urban affairs minster Ampareen Lyngdoh from the Congress party being the first to file her papers for Shillong East constituency here today. Social Welfare Minister, John Antonios Lyngdoh who seeking re-election from Mawphlang constituency is contesting also filed his nomination papers as United Democratic Party candidate.
Moreover, former minister, Pynshai Manik Syiem and his daughter and Member of the District Council, Teilinia Thangkhiew (both independent), filed their nominations separately for the Mawphlang and Mylliem seats here respectively.
Sitting Congress legislator Sayedullah Nongrum, who is contesting from the Rajabala constituency in West Garo hills filed his nomination ahead of others in the West Garo hills district election officer in Tura.
In all, seven candidates filed their nominations from East Khasi Hills district, three from West Garo Hills district and one each from Ri-Bhoi district and South West Khasi Hills district.
Earlier, Ms Lyngdoh, who has been under scanner for her alleged role in a teachers' recruitment scam, said after filing here nomination that it has been her "family's tradition" to be the first to file the nominations.
"Everyone in our family has this tradition to be one of the first to file their nomination," Lyngdoh, whose father Peter Marbaniang was an MP and her brother was RG Lyngdoh former Home Minister, said.
Moreover, she was optimistic despite the scam and said she has done her work at the grassroots and was hopeful that people would take the right decision when they cast their vote on February 23.
"I am confident that the people would take the right decision when they choose their candidate," she added.
Chief Electoral Officer, Prashant Naik said, "twelve candidates have filed their nominations in four, out of the eleven districts, and four blocks in the state."
Naik further informed that 13 poll observers related to expenditure have arrived in the city and 20 odd general observers would be here after scrutiny and withdrawal process are over.
"The expenditure observers would be holding meeting with political parties on various issues here tomorrow," he added.
Moreover, ten companies of paramilitary forces, out of the requested 76 companies, have also arrived today. The other contingents would be arriving in phases and would pan out through out the state for election duty, Mr Naik added.