GHADC elections to be held on April 9, 2021 Credit: Representational Image 

Shillong: Elections for the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) will be held on April 9, 2021, Meghalaya Cabinet announced on Thursday.

During a briefing, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the draft electoral roll will be published on Feb 4, 2021 and counting will be held on April 14.

The last date for filing claims and objection will be on February 18. Disposal of claims and objection will be on March 1, he added.

Once the notification for calling constituency to elect representative is done on March 8, the model code of conduct will be in placed to entire Garo Hills District Council jurisdiction.

The last date of filing nomination will be on March 15. The last date of scrutiny of nomination papers will be on March 15 and withdrawal 19 March 2021.

Tynsong informed that the elections could cost around Rs 15 crore. He informed that the Deputy Commissioner asked to revisit the expenditure, Tynsong said. COVID-19 protocols are one of the main reasons for the high expenditure, he added.

On October 12, 2020, the Meghalaya Cabinet decided to postpone the GHADC elections and impose administrator’s rule in the Council.

The administrator’s Rule, which was a period of six months, would end in April 2021.

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