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Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC)Chief Executive Member to proceed with appointment of EMs

A Reporter

SHILLONG, July 15: The newly elected CEM of KHADC HS Shylla has said that he will go ahead with the selection of Executive Members (EMs) for the new Executive Committee under the Khasi Hills Democratic Alliance (KHDA) in the district council.

“The court has not issued a stay order with regard to the election of CEM at KHADC which was held on Friday. Hence, I will be submitting the names of the Executive Member of the EC to the Meghalaya Governor on Monday,” Shylla said.

He informed that the ‘legal counsel’ of KHADC is still studying the ‘petition’ filed by Parliamentary Party (PP), leader of Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) James Ban Basaiawmoit in the Meghalaya High Court.

Basaiawmoit has alleged that the election of the CEM was not conducted as per the rules of the KHADC. “We have just received the certified copy of the petition and soon we will file the affidavit in the court,” he said.

Earlier on Friday, while speaking to reporters, PDF MDC Grace Mary Kharpuri said that the filing of nominations for the post which was held on Wednesday was null and void since the chairman of the KHADC had resigned from the post on Thursday.

Following the chairman’s resignation, the Governor in a notification issued on Thursday had fixed the election for the CEM post on Friday However, Kharpuri further alleged that no proper notice informing about the rescheduling of the election was issued to the members especially those from the PDA (which comprises of PDF and Congress). “Some of our members including MDC from Umroi Albinus Lyngdoh received the notice only at 8 am today morning (the election was held at 11 am). The Council’s peon came to my only at 1 amto deliver the notice,” she said. Alleging that the election was held in a hasty manner, the PDF member from Nongskhen said that the manner in which it is being done was not acceptable as they should have given enough time to all members.