Polling to Williamnagar seat on April 27

SHILLONG, Apr 2: Polling to Williamnagar seat which was countermanded due to the killing of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jonathone N Sangma would be held on April 27.

This development was confirmed by the state’s Chief Election Officer Frederick Roy Kharkongor.

However, no dates have been announced for the by-poll to the Ampati seat vacated by former former Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma.

Jonathone 43, a NCP leader was killed along with his two security guards and his driver on February 18.

It may be mentioned that, soon after his death, Jonathone’s supporters endorsed his wife Krinilla R. Marak as his replacement from Williamnagar constituency.

He was the NCP candidate from Williamnagar constituency in East Garo Hills. Reportedly, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killed him at Samanda in Williamnagar when he was returning from a poll campaign. The state went to polls on February 27.

Jonathone 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.

However, elections to the Amapti seat which was vacated by Congress strongman and former Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma have not been announced.

Dr Sangma, was elected from both the Ampati and Songsak assembly constituencies in the February 27 polls resigned from the former seat on March 16.

Dr Sangma’s eldest daughter Miani D. Shira is likely to be party candidate from Ampati when by-poll would be held there.