M’laya govt to hold consultations before deciding to conduct municipal polls

SHILLONG, Oct 29: The Meghalaya government on Monday has decided to hold consultation with stakeholders before deciding to hold elections to the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB).

The decision to take the issue before the stakeholders was taken by the Meghalaya cabinet, deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong informed.

“Since the issue is sensitive we have to carry all along and therefore consultations with all stakeholders is needed,” Tynsong told media persons.

He informed that the state government had twice tried to hold elections to the Shillong Municipal Board in the past.

“But due to some reasons elections to the Shillong Municipal Board could not be held,” Tynsong said.

The first was on November 17, 1998 and the second time was in November 25, 2000.

Tynsong said that when the Shillong Municipal Board election was held for the first time in 1998, out of the 27 wards only five wards were duly elected. These wards were – 8, 21, 23, 24 and 26.

While, when the government again tried to hold polls to the Shillong Municipal Board in 2000, only one nomination paper was filed who later withdrew it.

It may be mentioned that the traditional tribal institutions and social organisations of the state are resisting polls to the Shillong Municipal Board.

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