Guwahati: In view of the Coronavirus pandemic, Meghalaya Cabinet has decided to postpone the elections to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC).
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma took Twitter to announce the new, he wrote: “Cabinet has decided to postpone the elections to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) to a date to be decided later. Cabinet also decided that the administration of #GHADC will now be taken over by the Hon’ble Governor.”
Chairing a Cabinet meeting Sangma said that this decision was taken after taking the advice of the health department.
The Cabinet also recommended to the state Governor Satya Pal Malik to over the council till the date is announced for conducting fresh elections.
The CM also said that as per the provisions of the Sixth Schedule, the term of the council can be extended up to six months, and in this case, the Council is now under the control of the Governor who would appoint a deputy commissioner or an officer-in-charge of the council.
The cabinet decision came after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an ally of the NPP-led MDA government demanded that the Governor should take over the GHADC if elections cannot be held within this month to elect new members of the Council.