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Italy, Argentina and Sweden to vote in Meghalaya Election!

Press Trust of India  |  Umniuh (Meghalaya) 

Italy, Argentina, and will vote and choose their to the Legislative Assembly this February 27!.

Well, if you wonder how these countries have voting rights in this hill state in India's North East, you are in for a surprise.

Italy, Argentina, and are the names of voters of Umniuh-Tmar Elaka village under Shella constituency in district.

Sisters Promiseland and Holyland Dkhar and their namesake neighbour Jerusalem Khiewtam will also participate in the adult franchise.

"Many Khasi names have the potential to make you smile but finding hundreds of such names in a small village will result in people guffawing for hours," Elaka elected chief (Sirdar) told

He said about 50 per cent of the villagers have a fondness for English words that rhymes good but not knowing exactly what they mean.

The sleepy Elaka, which is close to the Indo-border, has a little over 850 male voters and 916 female voters and have a record number of peculiar names registered in the voters list.

Premiere was lucky that his educated father had given him a name that almost fit his position as the now and of him being the eldest son.

Not all people in the village were as smart or as educated and hence you will also find that days of the week become good names Thursday, Sunday, the chief said.

Some people also have names like and Goa, he added.

Hold your breath, Premiere said the best English name is that of a 30 year-old Class XII-passed woman whose mother named her I Have Been Delivered!

Office items like Table, Globe and Paper, members of the solar system like Venus and besides Arabian Sea, Pacific and Continent have also been taken.

Three Diengdoh sisters were found aptly named Request, Loveliness and Happiness by their mother Shuki, a Khasi word that translates to chair in English.

Their neighbours, sisters Goodness and Unity, are also a good friend of the Diengdoh family.

Except for Indian names Bharat, Mumtaz and Durga

the rest are traditional Khasi names, according to the electoral roll.

Behold! Some of the candidates contesting the February 27 elections in also carry names of famous politicians.

While two Nehrus Nehru Suting and Nehru Sangma

will be contesting from Pynursla and Gambegre seats respectively, Frankenstein and Kennedy are also in fray.

"In many cases, parents obviously do not understand the meaning of the names they give their children. Sadly, the children with funny names have to carry on with these names much to their embarrassment," H H Mohrmen said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 11:10 IST