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HC dismisses writ petitions

Shillong, Feb. 3: Meghalaya High Court today dismissed writ petitions which challenged the proposed holding of elections to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaińtia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) along newly-delimited constituencies.

The writ petitions were listed for hearing before the division bench comprising Chief Justice P.C. Pant and Justice S.R. Sen. “The writ petitions have been dismissed by the court,” the counsel representing the KHADC, V.G.K. Kynta said today.

The petitions challenging the delimitation of constituencies in KHADC were filed by incumbent members Adelbert Nongrum and Carmelstone Sohtun.

Another petition questioning the need to redefine the areas of existing constituencies in JHADC was filed by Bloin Shylla from Jaińtia hills, along with other petitioners who are representatives of various non-governmental organisations and local dorbars. The local dorbars under Jaińtia hills comprise over 100 villages.

The petitioners said they were highly aggrieved by the manner and mode by which the delimitation of constituencies has sought to be implemented.

Meghalaya commissioner and secretary (district council affairs) department Jopthiaw Lyngdoh confirmed that the petitions challenging the implementation of delimitation of constituencies in the two district councils had been dismissed by the court.

With this, the hurdles to conduct the forthcoming polls to the KHADC and JHADC have been cleared. “The elections to the two councils will be held according to the newly arranged constituencies and according to dates already announced,” Lyngdoh said.

The Meghalaya district council affairs department will hold the polls to elect new members to the two district councils on February 24.

Counting of votes will take place on February 27.

The model code of conduct will come into effect from February 5, the day the polls will be officially notified, while the electoral rolls will be published tomorrow.