Shillong: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the state cabinet on Monday decided to postpone the general elections of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) and impose administrator’s rule in the council for 6 months as per norms.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma informed that election dates would be decided later depending on the COVID-19 situation in the state.
Sangma said, “It would not be easy to conduct elections due to the circumstances. The government has taken the advice of the health department in this regard and feels that holding the polls at this juncture; it may pose a risk to the public.”
The District Council Administration will look at the option of allowing a Deputy Commissioner of any of the district of Garo Hills region to run the affairs.
When asked why the state Cabinet decided to postpone while the Election Commission of India has decided to go ahead with the assembly polls in Bihar, despite the pandemic, he clarified that different commissions would have different views on the matter. Still, the Meghalaya government’s thinking is that it was not advisable to hold the GHADC polls at this moment.
The general election to the GHADC was slated for later this year as the present term of the GHADC will end on October 18.