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The by-election to the Langrin seat of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will be held on February 28.

This was decided by the state cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday.

The by-election was necessitated following the death of United Democratic Party (UDP) MDC Nasar Marwein on October 28 last year.

Announcing the calendar for the by-election, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong told reporters that the date of polling will be on February 28 and counting of votes will take place on March 3.

The by-election will be conducted by the District Council Affairs department of the state government.

Tynsong informed that the draft electoral rolls will be published on January 28 and the last date for filing of claims and objections has been fixed on February 12.

“The disposal of claims and objections will be on February 13,” he added.

The publication of final electoral rolls will be held on February 15.

A notification for conducting the by-election will be on February 17, which is also beginning of the day for filing of nominations.

The last date of filing of nomination is February 19 before 3 pm and the scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on the same day after 3 pm.

The last date for withdrawal of nominations is February 20 and the finalisation and publication of valid nominations and allocation of symbols to candidates is on February 22.

Tynsong said that the model code of conduct will come into force from February 17 and it will be effective only in Langrin constituency.

The KHADC has 30 members including one member nominated by the governor. At present, the KHADC has 29 members following Marweiñ’s demise.

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