SHILLONG, March 27: With the opposition Congress in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) deciding not to field any candidate, Mawsynram MDC, Alvin Khyriem Sawkmie has been elected unopposed as the new Deputy Chairman of the council.
Having being elected to the KHADC for the first time in the recently concluded elections, Sawkmie was declared elected unopposed as the deputy chairman of the Council by the KHADC chairman Pynshngainlang N Syiem during the ongoing budget session held here on Wednesday.
Sawkmie was escorted by the KHADC CEM Teinwell Dkhar, deputy CEM Pyniaid Sing Syiem and other members to his chair.
Members from both ruling and opposition bench, while participating during the felicitation ceremony, extended their congratulations and urged the deputy chairman to be neutral while performing his duty.
Highlighting the importance of the deputy chairman’s post in ensuring the smooth conduct of the proceedings of the House, KHADC chief Teinwell Dkhar said, “The deputy chairman should at all times refrain from being biased.”
The Chairman of the Council, PN Syiem however pointed out that the duty of both the Chairman and Deputy Chairman should be as per the AD rules.
He also noted with interest that two important posts are being held by a former Mawsynram MDC and the newly elected member of the constituency.
Speaking on the occasion, Sawkmie sought the cooperation and support of all the members and assured that he will perform his duty as per the rules.
“I agree that I have to keep the party uniform aside and I assure that I will try my best to perform my duty as per the AD rules,” Mawsynram MDC said.
Earlier, Executive Member (EM) and MDC from Jaiaw, Paul Lyngdoh while noting Sawkmie’s young age said that he can become a great source of inspiration to youth of the state and expressed confidence that he will work hard to uphold the dignity of the Council.
In line with Lyngdoh, opposition member from Mylliem, Ronnie V Lyngdoh said that it is a matter of great pride that the Council is producing young leaders like Sawkmie to take up such responsibility.