SHILLONG, Oct 12: The Meghalaya Cabinet on Monday decided to postpone the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) elections and also impose Administrator’s Rule in the council.
The election to the GHADC was slated for later this year.
The present term of the GHADC ends on October 18.
“We have decided to postpone the polls to a date to be decided later depending on the COVID – 19 situation in the state,” Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma told reporters after the cabinet meeting.
Sangma said that it would not be easy to have an election in the circumstances even as he said that the government has taken the advise of the health department in this regard and feels that holding the polls at this juncture, it may pose risk to the public.
The Chief Minister informed that the Administrator’s Rule will be for a period of six months.
He also said that the District Council Affairs Department will decide whether to allow a Deputy Commissioner of any of the district of Garo Hills region to run the affairs or an officer should do it.
When asked that the critics say that the GHADC polls have been postponed due to the alleged corruption in the council, Sangma said, “critics will say what they have to say.”
When pointed out to the Chief Minister, that the Election Commission of India has decided to go ahead with the assembly polls in Bihar, despite the pandemic, Sangma said that different commissions will have different views on the matter, but the Meghalaya government’s thinking is that it was not advisable to hold the GHADC polls at this moment.