GHADC polls on April 9, counting on April 14

Shillong, Jan 28: The Meghalaya Cabinet on Thursday has approved the date for holding the General Elections to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC).

Informing media persons after the cabinet meeting, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed that the election to the GHADC will be held on April 9 and the counting will be held on April 14.

It may be mentioned that in 2020 before the expiry of the term of the GHADC on October 18, the State government imposed Administrator’s Rule for a period of six months. The government had then stated that Administrator’s Rule was necessitated due to the COVID-19 situation prevalent then.

When asked about the funds for holding the district council polls, Tynsong said, “The government has approved a proposal for meeting all the expenditure but in the form of advance payment (to the GHADC) against the share of royalty to the district council which will be adjusted later.”

Tynsong also said that approximately Rs. 15 crore would be the expenditure for holding the GHADC election mainly due to the many SoPs of the state’s Health Department.

The Deputy Chief Minister also exuded confidence that the National People’s Party (NPP) will win a majority in the GHADC elections.

On the allegations of diversion of funds made against the Executive Committee (EC) led by the NPP, Tynsong said that the Director of Local Fund Audit (DLFA) are already on the job to find out the truth of misappropriation of funds of not only this EC but also of those 10 years back.

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