SHILLONG, March 06: UDP leader Teinwell Dkhar and NPP leader Pynshngainlang N Syiem are all set to be at the helm of affairs in the 13th Khasi Hills Autonomous District (KHADC) as no candidate from the opposition bench has filed nomination for the post of chief executive member (CEM) and chairman of the KHADC respectively.
Dkhar is the only member who has filed his nomination for the CEM post and Syiem for the post of the Chairman, KHADC legislative secretary M Kharkrang informed here on Wednesday.
Kharkrang informed that the elections to the two top posts will be held on Thursday. The election for the Chairman’s post has been fixed at 11 am while the election for the CEM’s post will be at 2 pm.
With United Democratic Alliance (UDA) enjoying the support of 19 members, the opposition Congress with only 10 members has decided not to contest the elections to the two important posts citing that they do not have the numbers.
The UDA is a conglomeration of the Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA) and People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) which comprises of the United Democratic Party (7) and Hill State People’s Democratic (2), National People’s Party (7), People’s Democratic Front (1) and two Independents – Lambor Malngiang and Latiplang Kharkongor.
Dkhar, who was re-elected as MDC of Shella for the fourth time in the recently concluded KHADC polls, is also a former chairman of the Council, while Syiem is a former CEM.
PN Syiem got elected from Mawkhar-Pynthorumkrah, a constituency he contested from for the first time by defeating PDF leader James Ban Basaiawmoit in the just concluded district council elections. He was representing Mawsynram constituency in the 12th KHADC.
“We are sure of winning both the posts because the opposition has decided not to contest the elections,” Syiem said.
He said that though there will be a meeting between the members of the UDA, it will be the prerogative of the new CEM to propose the names of the executive members.