From Our Correspondent, Shillong News | Tura, April 09, 2018:
As the date for the Williamnagar by-poll approaches, NCP candidate and wife of Late Johnathone N Sangma, Krenila R Marak filed her nomination paper today in Williamnagar, East Garo Hills.
The date for scrutiny of nomination filed by the NCP candidate will be held on April 11, last date for withdrawal of candidature will be on April 13 and polling will be held on April 27. The counting of votes will be held on May 1.
It may be recalled that election for Williamnagar Assembly constituency was deferred following the death of a candidate of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Late Johnathone Sangma, who was killed in an IED attack in Williamnagar on February 18, days before the state went to polls on February 27.
Stepping into her late husband’s shoes, Krenila accepted the party and people’s wish to fight the poll battle on Johnathone’s behalf.
Polling in this constituency will be held from 7 am till 4 pm. The constituency has 58 polling stations and a total of 32,345 voters which include 16,713 males and 15,632 females.
On February 18, the 42 year old NCP candidate had gone to Sawilgre village, 14 KMS from Samanda across the Simsang river, for an election campaign. While he was returning from the campaign in a convoy of four vehicles, militants triggered a powerful IED blast near Denamgre village, 8 KMS distance from Samanda block headquarters across Simsang river in Samanda killing him and three others.
As many as 9 candidates will be contesting the poll from Williamnagar constituency. These include — Marcuise N Marak from NPP, Deborah C. Marak from the Congress, Mahamsing M. Sangma from UDP, Santosh R. Marak from BJP, Sengbath R Marak, Lahatson N Marak, Siljong R. Marak and Jan N. Arengh as independent candidates. The candidature of NCP candidate — Krenilla Marak will only be ascertained after the date of scrutiny.
According to political analysts, Williamnagar constituency, which is the stronghold of former cabinet minister and INC candidate, Deborah Marak, will likely witnessed a change in the tides this time round and there are high chances that Krenila might win the bypoll by garnering sympathy votes.