Shillong, Mar 3 : United Democratic Party (UDP) legislator Pius Marweiñ on Tuesday was elected as member of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) in the by-election to Langrin District Council constituency in Meghalaya. Marweiñ defeated his nearest rival of the Congress candidate Jotin Khardewsaw by a margin of 6979 votes.
Counting of votes was held at Mawkyrwat, the district headquarters of South West Khasi Hills. Marweiñ polled 13,793 votes followed by Congress candidate Khardewsaw who secured 6,814 votes. Ruling National People’s Party (NPP) candidate Kitbok Nongrem managed to polled only 3,212 votes. A total of 244 votes opted for the NOTA in the EVM.
The by-election to the Langrin seat of the KHADC was held on February 28 last. The by-election was necessitated following the death of UDP MDC Nasar Marweiñ on October 28 last year. The by-election was conducted by the District Council Affairs department of the State Government. The KHADC has 30 members including one member nominated by the Governor. At present, the KHADC has 29 members following Marweiñ’s demise. (UNI)