Sohiong, April 19: The by-election for the Sohiong assembly constituency in Meghalaya is set to take place on May 10, and six candidates are vying for the seat. UDP candidate Synshar Lyngdoh filed his nomination papers on Tuesday, along with five other candidates, including sitting MLA Samlin Malngiang who is contesting on a National People’s Party ticket.

Originally, the polling in the constituency in East Khasi Hills district was scheduled to be held with the rest of the state on February 27, but it was postponed due to the death of UDP candidate HDR Lyngdoh on February 20. Now, the votes will be counted on May 13, according to Chief Electoral Officer F R Kharkongor.

The by-election is crucial for both the UDP and the NPP, which have a stake in the Sohiong assembly constituency. The UDP has been trying to hold on to its position in the state assembly, while the NPP is hoping to make inroads into the region.

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The February 27 election saw the NPP winning 26 seats out of the 60 assembly seats in the state, while the UDP won 11 seats. The BJP, HSPDP, and the PDF also secured two seats each, and two Independent candidates emerged victorious.

With the filing of the nomination papers, the election campaign has intensified, and political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters. The by-election is expected to be a closely contested affair, and the results will be eagerly awaited by political observers and the people of the Sohiong constituency.