Meghalaya: Notification issued for civic polls

Preparing to hold the first ever civic polls in the state, Meghalaya government has notified the elections to the Baghmara Municipal Board in South Garo Hills district.

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2011, 13:17 PM IST

Shillong: Preparing to hold the first ever civic polls in the state, Meghalaya government has notified the elections to the Baghmara Municipal Board in South Garo Hills district.

The election will be held on August 6 and the counting on August 9, the notification issued last evening said. The last date of filing nomination papers is July 20.

This is the third attempt by the government in a year`s time to hold the civic polls.

Its earlier two attempts to hold election in the four municipalities of Garo Hills did not succeed since September last year in the wake of large scale protests.
The protesting organizations contended that the municipal elections would lead to dilution of power of local traditional bodies.

The Gauhati High Court had directed the state government to hold the municipal elections in the state before September.
Ever since statehood in 1972, Meghalaya has never conducted civic polls and nominated administrator of the State Government governs the Municipality Boards.

PTI