Shillong, February 13 : Argentina, Indonesia, Sweden, Italy are not only country names, these are also names of some voters who will exercise their franchise in the upcoming assembly polls in Meghalaya.
You believe it or not, but this is fact that, Argentina, Indonesia, Sweden, Italy have voting rights in north eastern Indian state Meghalaya and they will vote and choose their representative to the 13th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on February 27 next.
These are the voters of Umniuh Tmar village under Shella assembly constituenct in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district.
Not only countries name, some people of the village also have names of some states, cities like Tripura, Meghalaya, Goa, Bombay, Vellore etc.
Umniuh Tmar village, which is close to the Indo-Bangladesh border under Pynursla block has population of 593 of which 294 are males while 299 are females as per Population Census 2011.
The area has 861 male voters and 918 female voters and most of peculiar, humorous, oddly names from the area have registered in the voters list.
The people of the area have also taken the names like Skip, Enjoy, Welding, Faithfull, Everyday, Rajdoot, April, July, Carefully, Dial, Circle, Sample, Credit, Study, Protein, Laid, Correction, Attention etc.
Maximum people of the area have a fondness for English and so they used English words with their names.
49-year-old Thomas Mawpat said that, the villagers have a fondness for English but they didn’t know what is the word means.
Very interesting facts that, some candidates who will contest in the upcoming elections have also carried these types of funny and interesting names like Innocent, Couple, Moonlight, Hopeful, Defender, Witness Day, Comfort, Field Marshal, Process, Welborn, Councellor, Good Leaderson etc.
A total of 372 candidates are in the fray for the February 27 Meghalaya Assembly polls.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)