SHILLONG, Feb 10: As the bill for reserving 33 per cent seats in Parliament for women lays in cold storage, the question of more representation of women in matrilineal Meghalaya remains ever more intriguing, especially during election season.
The election to KHADC and JHADC are slated for February 27 and 230 candidates have already filed their nomination. Of these, only 8 are women candidates, 7 in KHADC and just one in JHADC.
The nomination and scrutiny of the MDC elections was completed on Feb 8. The results of elections will be declared on March 2.
The two district councils have 9,84,477 voters in total. Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council has 7,35,143 voters (4.11 lakh women and 3.83 lakh men) while the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council is with 2,49,334 (1.28 lakh women and 1.20 lakh men).