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M’laya’s Umroi by-poll results today
Correspondent: SHILLONG, MAR 1:
Published on 2 Mar. 2009 12:30 AM IST
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The fate of four candidates contested for the just-concluded by-election to Umroi Assembly seat in Meghalaya will be decided tomorrow with 88.04 per cent of the 27, 136 electorates exercised their franchise. The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting of votes. Chief Electoral Officer P Naik said the counting process which will start at 0800 hours will start delivering results within over an hour. It is expected that by afternoon results will be officially declared. The by-election was necessitated due to the demise of former Chief Minister and UDP legislator EK Mawlong on October 18 last year. His son George B Lyngdoh is contesting the seat on a UDP ticket and is pitching against former Congress minister Stanly Wiss Rymbai. Rymbai had lost in the last held Assembly elections to Mawlong. The other two candidates in the fray are Erwin Syiem Sutnga of the Hill State People’s Democratic Party and lone woman and Independent candidate Phrina Warjri. The ruling Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA), a combined of United Democratic Party and Nationalist Congress Party claimed to retain the Umroi Assembly seat away from the Congress. “We are confident that the UDP candidate will retain its seat with the party winning the Umroi seat in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council,” UDP leader Ampareen Lyngdoh said. UDP candidate Fabian Lyngdoh defeated Field Marshall Mawphniang of the Congress in the district Council poll from Umroi constituency, which was declared yesterday. However, Congress leaders, too, exuded confidence to snatch away the seat from the UDP. The Umroi bye-election is crucial for both the Nationalist Congress Party-backed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government as the coalition has a thin majority with 32 legislators in an Assembly with effective strength of 59 legislators in a 60-member House.

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