Shillong (Meghalaya) [India]February 26 (ANI): Every time Meghalaya goes to the polls, the names of some candidates and voters have always caught everyone’s attention and the situation is the same this time too.
Among the candidates in the fray for Monday’s Meghalaya assembly elections are ‘Moonlight’, ‘Firstborn Manner’, ‘Auspicious’, ‘Sounder Strong’ and others touching on the parties vying for their fate.
Not only the names of the candidates, the names of the voters who are after the countries and Indian states have also caught the wide attention of the people.
The names of some electors in the poll bound states are amusing and downright bizarre. These are Firstborn Khiewtam, Thursday Diengdoh, Sunday Diengdoh, Nuclear Khiewtam, Jupiter, Venus Khongtim, Saturn, Remainder Khongsdam, July Khongsdam, Complan Tangsong, Councilor Tangsong, Gentle Tangsong, Favour, Player, Meghalaya Khonghong Khongtim, Rajd Firstborn, Jymmy Khongtim, Race. Double Bless Khongwir, Faithful Massar, Everyday Tangsong, Tripura Khongim, Tibet Diengdoh, Sweden Kharjana and Village Khongtim are among some of them.
These voters primarily live in remote border villages in the state.
According to locals, most people in these areas have a penchant for English and name themselves or their relatives after fancy English words. And, as evidenced by some of the names on the electoral rolls, they couldn’t care less about the meaning of the English words they were named after.
While some exciting names of other candidates in the fray for Monday’s polls and the party they come from are Moonlight Pariot (UDP), Coming One Ymbon (NPP), Lasting Suchiang (TMC), Firstborn Manner (BJP), Sunmoon D Marak (TMC) ) , Sunshine Makri (UDP), Mayborn Grace Lyngdoh (Voice of the People Party), Process T Sawkmie (UDP), Brightstarwell Marbaniang (Voice of the People Party), Manuel Badwar (Congress), Auspicious Lyngdoh Mawphlang (PDF), Playness Khiewtam (TMC), Wellborn Bynnud (Congress), Councilor Mukhim (BJP), Fourteenson Lyngkhoi (Congress), Sounder Strong Cajee (TMC) and Starline Momin (Independent).
Umniuh Nongrim, a village near the Indo-Bangladesh border in Shella assembly constituency in East Khasi Hills district, has 745 registered voters. In contrast, Umniuh B, another remote village in this poll-bound northeastern state, has 781 voters.
And, as it turns out, the majority of voters come from these villages.
Polling in Meghalaya will take place on Monday and the counting of votes for the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly election will be done on March 2. (ANI)