TURA, Aug 06: The by-poll to the South Tura seat will be a four corner contest after two more nominations were filed on Monday afternoon.
Two independent candidates, former South Tura MLA John Leslee K Sangma and Kris Kabul A Sangma filed their nominations on Monday afternoon, the last day of filing nominations. They join the CM, Conrad Sangma and Congress contestant, Charlotte W Momin in trying to win votes to be the MLA for the South Tura seat.
The South Tura by-poll was necessitated due to the resignation of Agatha Sangma, who vacated her seat so that her brother and current Chief Minister, Conrad who needs to be elected within 6 months from the appointment, can contest.
The nominations were filed in the presence of Returning Officer, Sabrella Marak at the West Garo Hills DC office premises in Tura. John Leslee was the first to file his nomination after which the other Independent candidate, Kris Kabul Sangma filed his.
Both candidates had earlier resigned from their parties to contest the coming elections after their parties pledged their support for Conrad. Leslee resigned from the NCP while Kabul resigned from the UDP.
The scrutiny of nomination of papers will be undertaken on Tuesday with the last date of withdrawal of nomination being August 9.
South Tura goes to polls on August 23 with the results to be declared on August 27 along with the results of the by poll to the Ranikor seat in South West Khasi Hills.
Speaking on the occasion of his nomination, Kris Kabul said the major issue for him would be the land reservation policy and whether the government would continue to play politics on the issue. He also added that he has been going to people to spread his message on what he wants to do for the constituency.
“I am giving it my best shot and will take my mandate to the people,” said Kris Kabul.