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DCs of three districts yet to receive written request for electoral rolls


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KHADC delimitation exercise

SHILLONG, May 13: The deputy commissioners of South West Khasi Hills, Eastern West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi are yet to receive any official communication to provide the KHADC delimitation committee with the latest electoral rolls of the three districts which will be needed for the delimitation exercise of the 29 existing constituencies of the council.
Sources on Monday said that none of the three deputy commissioners have received any letter for attending to the request of the delimitation committee for providing the electoral rolls.
According to the sources, the deputy commissioners would have immediately responded to the request of the committee had they received such request in writing.
Interestingly, the delimitation committee had stated that it had requested the DCs to provide the latest electoral rolls last year.
When contacted, KHADC Deputy CEM PN Syiem said they had written to the District Council Affairs (DCA) department for providing the electoral rolls. He said the DCA department should have written to the respective deputy commissioners to provide the electoral rolls to the committee.
None of the officials of the DCA department could be reached out for clarification on whether they had sent any official communication to the deputy commissioners for the electoral rolls.
Earlier on Sunday, the KHADC Delimitation Committee had informed that it is yet to receive the electoral rolls from three districts, thus affecting the exercise of reshaping the 29 existing constituencies.
The Delimitation Committee’ chairman, Stralwell Kharsyiemlieh had told The Shillong Times that one of their major problems has been the delay in receiving the electoral rolls from the Ri-Bhoi, South West Khasi Hills, Eastern West Khasi Hills districts, and the Sohra civil subdivision.
The electoral rolls of the East Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills districts have been received so far, he had said.
“We will need the latest electoral rolls since it is an adjustment of the existing constituencies. We will have to look at the electorate size to decide on the readjustment of the constituencies,” Kharsyiemlieh, also a former KHADC judge, said.


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