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Non-tribals voted during election of new Sordar


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By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: A row has erupted over the election of the new Sordar (Head) of Raid Shabong under Khyrim Syiemship on June 25. It is alleged that two non-tribal persons residing at Pynursla, East Khasi Hills district, participated in electing the new Sordar.

This matter came to light after FKJGP Riwar Circle inquired about the copy of the names of the voters from the Election Committee of Raid Shabong, Khyrim Syiemship, where it emerged that two non-tribals – Promison Rai and Arun Dey – were permitted to vote, which was unprecented in any traditional election.

Following the finding, the president of the organisation, E Khonglam said they have taken up the matter with the KHADC and at the same time demanded for fresh election to be conducted at the polling station at Pynursla where these two non-tribal persons had earlier cast their votes.

Khonglam also expressed his disappointment over report that 50 local people were not allowed to vote in the election as the election committee rejected them since they work in Shillong. These 50 people hail from the area and possess valid EPIC card. Win $10 at

It was mentioned that there are 14 villages under the Raid Shabong with total voter strength of 1119 in 6 polling station – Pynursla, Urksew Wahpathaw, Laitmynring, Mawpran, Pynter and Siatbakon.

Khonglam accused the non-tribals living in the area of play major roles in the affairs of the locality which was evident from their recent participation in the election of the Sordar of Raid Shabong. “The organisation will not accept this at any cost,” Khonglam said.

It may be mentioned that in the election Herin Khongmawloh, who secured the highest votes, was conferred the title Sordar from among three contestants who fought the election.


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