SHILLONG, Aug 22: A sum of about Rs. 1.6 crores will be spent on conducting the by-elections to the two seats in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly which will conducted on August 23, election official informed.
It may be mentioned that on Thursday, by-polls to the South Tura and Ranikor assembly constituencies will be held.
According to an official from the election department, the state government would bear the entire cost.
Voting will take place on Thursday from 7 am to 5 pm and the counting of votes will be held on August 27.
The election official said, the government will spend about Rs. 80 lakhs on each constituency to conduct the elections.
South Tura constituency has a total of 30,231 voters including 14,846 males and 15,351 females, 33 service voters and one NRI, in 36 polling stations.
The Ranikor constituency has 65 polling stations with a total of 29,685 eligible voters including 15,183 males and 14,487 females.
By-polls in Ranikor and South Tura was necessitated because the former five-time Ranikor MLA Martin M Danggo had resigned and later joined the NPP while former MLA of South Tura, Agatha K Sangma resigned to pave way for her brother and the chief minister Conrad Sangma to contest from the constituency.
As Conrad did not contest the February 27 assembly polls, his election to the Meghalaya Assembly is mandatory before September 6.
In South Tura, there are four candidates including two independents – Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma from the National People’s Party (NPP), Charlotte W Momin of the Congress, former MLA John Leslee K Sangma and Chris Kabul A Sangma as independents.
In Ranikor, too there are four candidates, Martin M Danggo will face UDP candidate Pius Marwein, PDF chairman P N Syiem and Congress candidate Jackiush Sangma.