Shillong: In a first in Meghalaya, four women out of 14 who contested, were elected to the two tribal autonomous councils in the state as were two former militants.

Two sitting women members of the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), Grace Mary Kharpuri and Teilinia Thangkhiew, retained their seats from Nongskhen and Mylliem constituencies respectively in the the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), while two others of the United Democratic Party (UDP) were new faces.

Former militants Banteidor Lyngdoh of Congress and James Sylliang, an Independent candidate, defeated their closest rivals Martle M Mukhim and Otril Pamshong from Mawkynrew and Mawhati constituencies respectively.

UDP candidate Rona Khymdiet defeated her nearest rival Augustine Wahlang of the Congress by over 3000 votes in Nongpoh constituency in Ri Bhoi District, the home constituency of Congress chief D D Lapang.

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