Four candidates in Meghalaya filed their nominations on Wednesday. They include PWD minister Ampareen Lyngdoh besides three other independent candidates.
Ampareen is the first among the ruling Congress candidates to file nomination.
An election notification was issued on Wednesday which marked the beginning of the day for filing of nominations by contesting candidates for the Assembly polls slated for February 27.
Ampareen Lyngdoh, who is the accused among other politicians in the irregularities related to appointment of teachers, is seeking re-election on Congress ticket from East Shillong. She has been representing the constituency since 2013 after the erstwhile Laitumkhrah constituency was delimited.
Lyngdoh had first won the election from Laitumkhrah in 2008 and she resigned in 2009 that caused a bye-election where she again won.
She is seeking re-election for the fourth time this year.
Ampareen exuded confidence of retaining her seat from East Shillong. She was determined to work hard till the last day to win the electoral battle.
On anti-incumbency factor against her, she said this is a common phenomenon for a person like her who is contesting the election for the fourth time.
“I am not looking at my contenders but preparing to give my best to have a bigger margin this time. Party may come and go but Congress is here to stay in my constituency,” she confidently asserted.
The three other candidates who filed nominations on Wednesday included Ricky Shullai, a member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, who will be contesting from Mylliem constituency, Mattsing Nongrum from Sohra constituency and L Nongsiang from Mawshynrut constituency.
The last date for filing of nomination is February 7, scrutiny of nominations on February 8, and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is February 12.