Meghalaya: Criminal background recorded on three NPP candidates

According to the law, voters must be made aware of a candidate's criminal history, and the relevant party must explain why it is appropriate for that candidate to run on its ticket.

Meghalaya: Criminal background recorded on three NPP candidates
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Ampareen Lyngdoh of East Shillong, Teiborlang Pathaw of Mawlai, and Thomas Sangma of North Tura are three of the NPP's candidates. The NPP disclosed their criminal records on Saturday.
According to the law, voters must be made aware of a candidate's criminal history, and the relevant party must explain why it is appropriate for that candidate to run on its ticket.
Ampareen Lyngdoh, a former minister of education, is charged with violating Sections 120-B, 420,467,468, and 471, as well as Section 13 (2) of the PC Act, according to the NPP declaration.

Ampareen Lyngdoh (East Shillong), Thomas Sangma (North Tura), and Teibor Pathaw (Mawlai) were candidates, and the NPP published information about their criminal histories on its website. Ampareen claimed she has complete faith in the legal system.

The party's reasoning for choosing this candidate is that she has committed a significant amount of time and energy to social work and is well-liked by the general public. Therefore, in the opinion of the party, the candidate is qualified for election to further the public's cause.

However, according to the party, Teiborlang Pathaw, a Mawlai candidate who is also an elected MDC, is accused of having violated IPC Sections 420 and 406.
In the meantime, Thomas Sangma, another NPP candidate from North Tura, is allegedly accused of crimes that violate IPC sections 376(n) and 506(a).

Last year, Thomas Sangma, sitting MLA from the National People's Party (NPP), was charged with rape and an FIR has been filed against him.

The party's reasoning for choosing this candidate is that she has committed a significant amount of time and energy to social work and is well-liked by the general public.

Therefore, in the opinion of the party, the candidate is qualified for election to further the public's cause.
When asked why other people without a criminal history couldn't be chosen as candidates, the party said that it is crucial to note that the crimes the candidate is accused of committing have not yet been established beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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