Ahead of the October 30 Assembly by-elections from three constituencies, Highlander Kharmalki, the candidate of Congress from Mawryngkneng constituency, is the most qualified in terms of education among all candidates in the fray.
As per his declaration before the Election Commission, 51-year-old Kharmalki completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of North Bengal in 1997.
The other candidates contesting against him included 35-year-old Pyniaid Sing Syiem of NPP who passed his HSSLC in 2007.
Three independent candidates in the fray included Norbert Myrboh (39) who completed Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 2004, Arbiangkam Kharsohmat (36) who did his General Nursing and Midwifery from Manjunatha School of Nursing, Bengaluru in 2010 and Esron Marwein (44) who completed HSSLC (Commerce) in 1997.
All the three candidates from Mawphlang constituency completed only the twelfth standard.
UDP’s Eugeneson Lyngdoh (35) passed his Class 12th from Bishop Cotton Boys School, Bengaluru in 2005, Kennedy C. Khyriem (53) of Congress completed his PU (Arts) in 1991 and Lamphrang Blah (51) of NPP who passed PU (Arts) in 1990.
From Rajabala constituency, lone woman candidate Hasina Yasmin Mondal (37) of Congress passed her Bachelor of Arts from BN College, Dhubri (Assam University) in 2006.
BJP candidate Kingston B. Marak (30) completed his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from Sikkim Manipal University in 2017, Abdus Saleh (53) of NPP completed Bachelor of Arts in 1989, Ashahel D. Shira (44) of UDP who passed SSLC in 2002 and independent candidate Carla R. Sangma (26) who passed the HSLC in 2009.