Shillong: Four more candidates filed their nomination papers for the by-elections to fill up the three Meghalaya assembly seats on Thursday.
Bye-polls to three assembly constituencies – Mawphlang, Mawrynkneng and Rajabala- scheduled to be held on October 30 have been necessitated due to the demise of the sitting legislators.
National People’s Party (NPP) candidate Pyniaid Sing Syiem, who is also the incumbent Chairman of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), filed his nomination papers to the Mawryngkneng seat, which fell vacant due to the demise of Congress legislator, David Nongrum.
Sitting KHADC member, Lamphrang Blah, who recently quit the Congress, filed his nomination papers as NPP candidate to Mawphlang seat, which also fell vacant after an Independent legislator Syntar Klas Sunn succumbed to COVID-19.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, his Deputy Prestone Tynsong, Urban Affairs Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar and NPP Rajya Sabha member, W.R. Kharlukhi accompanied Syiem and Blah while filing their papers.
Sunn’s son Eugeneson Lyndoh had filed his nomination papers on Wednesday as United Democratic Party candidate.
The UDP is a key ally in the ruling NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government.
On the other hand, former Congress legislator, Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem and Highlander Kharmalki also filed their nomination papers to Mawphlang seat and Mawryngkneng seat respectively.
Friday is the last date for candidates to submit their papers for the by-polls. Scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on October 11 while the last date of withdrawal of candidature is October 13.