Shillong: Veteran politician Martle N Mukhim said the autonomous district councils should have representatives who can make laws to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people of the State.
“What’s happening today is that the level of governance in the autonomous district councils is degrading. And I am contesting the polls since I want to invigorate this institution,” Mukhim said.
According to him, the autonomous district councils were instituted under the Sixth Schedule to protect the tradition and customs of the indigenous tribes of the State. “Our job is to strengthen the traditional heads like the chiefs, sordars and similar institutions,” the veteran regional leader said.
On Wednesday, Mukhim filed his nomination to contest the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) from Mawkynrew constituency under East Khasi Hills district. Apart from him, others who filed their nominations, were State Planning Board Chairman and Nongkrem legislator, Lambor Malgniang as an independent candidate, former cabinet minister, Ronnie V Lyngdoh (Mylliem) who will contesting from the Congress, KHADC Chairman, Teinwell Dkhar (Shella), of the United Democratic Party (UDP), former Sohra legislator, Titosstarwell Chyne also of the UDP.
The sitting Members of District Council (MDCs) who filed their nominations on Wednesday were, Blanding Warjri of the Congress from Pariong-Mawthadraishan constituency, Equator of the UDP from Mairang-Nongkhlaw constituency both under Mairang sub-division, Victor Ranee of the National People’s Party (NPP) from Jirang constituency, Arbinus Lyngdoh of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) from Umroi both under Ri-Bhoi district, Ricky Shullai from Laban-Mawpren constituency and James Ban Basaiawmoit of the PDF from Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhran constituency under Shillong city.
Others who filed their nominations were former KSU general secretary Auguster Jyrwa, Thomas Passah who is KHNAM state youth president but will contest as an independent.
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