Shillong Desk | Tura, May 1, 2018:
The National People’s Party (NPP) has done it again! The party swept the Williamnagar Assembly poll, the result of which was declared today.
The NPP, which is also leading the coalition government in Meghalaya, has outdone itself by overthrowing the Congress in its own bastion, as it had done in the February 27 polls across the Garo Hills region.
NPP candidate Marcuise Marak won the poll battle by securing 9558 votes beating his closest opponent — Independent candidate Sengbath Marak by 4860 without postal ballot tally. Sengbath managed to secure 4698 votes.
Following closely behind Sengbath was Congress candidate and former MLA, Deborah Marak who managed to secure only 4517 votes.
Meanwhile, NCP candidate Krinila N Marak secured 4009 votes, while BJP candidate Santosh R Marak managed to get only 865 votes. Mahamsing M Sangma of the UDP got only 510 votes, Independent candidates Lahatson N Marak, Jan N Arengh and Siljong R Marak secured 506, 321 and 230 votes respectively. On the other hand, as many as 276 voters voted for NOTA.
The NPP has been leading the race since the first round followed by Congress and then IND, however, the tides changed for the Congress in the second when the independent candidate took over the second place.
Williamnagar seat, previously known to be the stronghold of the Congress Party under its former MLA — Deborah Marak, is however, witness a change of guard with the people’s mandate being declared today.
The trend which Garo Hills had experienced in the month of March, when the results for the February 27 Meghalaya Legislative Assembly polls was announced, was also repeated in Willimanagar with the NPP dominating the political arena, though, initially, there were speculations that the Krinila Marak, the NCP candidate and wife of (L) Johnathone N Sangma, would garner sympathy votes and win the election.
Voting for the seat took place on April 27 with a total of 78.82% voters turning up to vote. Election in this constituency was deferred following the murder of one of the contestabts, Jonathone N Sangma of the NCP by suspected militants of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) near the village of Sawilgre while he was on his way back from an election campaign.