Shillong, Oct 12: Esron Marweiñ, the Khun Hynñiewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) candidate for the Mawryngkneng bye-election will now have to contest as an independent candidate.
KHNAM president and legislator Adelbert Nongrum informed that the decision of the Delhi High Court on the Election Commission of India (ECI) not recognizing of the party is pending and as date of scrutiny has passed the returning officer for Mawryngkneng suggested the candidate should fight then poll as an independent.
According to Nongrum, Pyndap Saibon who has been in a tug of war between the KHNAM MLA had complaint to the ECI thatb there is a dispute in the party and no one has been authorized to sign Form A and Form B.
As per a letter as on date there are no authorized office bearers of the KHNAM on the record of the ECI since there is an ongoing internal dispute within the party.
Meanwhile, Marwein said that though he will be contesting as an independent candidate for the bye-election, but he will remain as a KHNAM member.
He said that both the factions of the KHNAM on Tuesday decided to support him for the bye-election.
Meanwhile, the oldest regional party in the state, the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), has decided to support the United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate, Eugeneson Lyngdoh for the Mawphlang bye-election.
It may be mentioned that both the UDP and the HSPDP, are pre-poll partners in the Regional Democratic Alliance.