KAM is right now endorsing following candidates for the upcoming 2023 Meghalaya Legislative Assembly elections
16 East Shillong
Wanpynhun Kharsyntiew belongs to the domestic workers forum community, her candidature defies the dominance of politics in the region by the upper echelons of Khasi society and poses a challenge to the historical social oppression of the working class from the same communities, who in fact make up the majority of this constituency. She would be standing against the three term party hopping MLA and ex cabinet Minister from a political dynasty from East Shillong, who is currently facing a CBI case in Education White Ink Scam. Kong Wanpynhun has a strong popular support amongst the mostly working class constituency of East Shillong and is seen as ‘one of their own’. She symbolises both their marginalisation, as well as their desire to overcome it with the collective power of culture and work ethics.
To know more about Wanpynhun Kharsyntiew, her background, her education, her experience you can read a letter from her in English, Khasi, Hindi
17 North Shillong
Kyrsoibor Pyrtuh has just resigned from his pastorship in Presbyterian Church of India, the largest Christian denomination of Khasi-Jaintia Hills. Once an activist with Khasi Students Union (KSU), he moved away from the narrowly defined identitarian focus of the union to studying theology. As a liberation theologian and activist in people’s movements against Uranium mining and the Aadhaar project, Kyrsoibor has been a key figure of the new progressive politics in Meghalaya. He is one of the founders of Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR), while defending ideas of Tribal Autonomy, he has also stood up for minority rights. As a religious leader he has not been deterred from seeking accountability from the church itself. He would be standing from North Shillong, a constituency known for its history of regionalist desires. Kyrsoibor Pyrtuh is also well known as a Khasi intellectual, whose critical writings on history and politics of the Khasi-Jaintia hills have provoked many popular debates in the state.
To know more about Kyrsoibor Pyrtuh, his background, his education, his experience you can read a letter from him in English, Khasi, Hindi
19 South Shillong
Angela Rangad will be challenging the Three terms sitting BJP MLA and Cabinet Minister from South Shillong. She was educated in Shillong with a degree in Anthropology of Development at School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London on an INLAKS scholarship. She also has a degree in Law. A full time community worker for several years, she has been a strong advocate and voice for Gender Justice and Workers Rights in the state. She was instrumental in bringing in a strong Meghalaya Women’s Commission law and for demanding women’s participation in the Khasi traditional self government institutions. Disillusioned with the usual project centric ‘NGO activism’ she founded Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) and Workers Power of Meghalaya along with a few like minded co travellers. She was also one of the founders of Meghalaya Right to Information Movement, a broad based coalition which came about in 2002. She was part of the successful popular movement demanding for an anti corruption body in Meghalaya which led to the enactment of the Meghalaya Lokayukta Law and Meghalaya’s unique Social Audit Law.
To know more about Angela Rangad, her background, her education, her experience you can read a letter from her in English, Khasi, Hindi