SHILLONG, July 30: The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has on Monday announced its first list of candidates for the upcoming 2013 elections in the state.
â€œWe have announced the names of three candidates in the first listâ€, KHNAM president Pyndapborthiaw Saiborne told reporters at a news conference here.
The three candidates include Pyndapborthiaw Saiborne who will be contesting against sitting MLA Founder S Cajee from Mawlai constituency, MDC Adelbert Nongrum from Shillong North and Hander Wanniang from Mawkyrwat constituency.
The president further informed that the party would release its second list of candidates by October next.
At present, there are 11 aspirants who have applied for the party ticket. However, the party will take a call after the observers submit their report. â€œWe have deputed observers to these constituencies which the aspirants are vying for the ticket to assess the situationâ€, the president said.
Saiborne further stated â€œAs of now, the party is not ready to contest from all 60 seatsâ€ adding â€œBut we are proposing to put at least 10 candidates representing the party in this coming electionâ€.
On the issuing of the ticket, Saiborne said, â€œWe want a candidate who is accepted by the peopleâ€ adding â€œWe are looking at the winnable factor of a candidate in the process of giving the party ticketâ€.
Informing that the manifesto of the party would be release by December, the president said, â€œThe issues to be reflected in the manifesto of the party is similar to the one in 2002â€ but shared that the emphasis would be on the need for early settlement of the boundary disputes between Assam and Meghalaya besides influx which the party has been demanding from the state government for speedy implementation of the inner line permit, three tier ID card system and others.
on asked whether the party has got the recognition from the Election Commission of India (ECI) after it was dissolved by its former president Paul Lyngdoh, Saiborne said, â€œWe still have confident that KHNAM will succeed in its fight as a political partyâ€ adding â€œThe party has registered itself with the commissionâ€.