A senior member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) from Mylliem constituency, Teilinia Thangkhiew, was appointed as Pro tem Chairperson of the Council, as the Chairman and Deputy Chairman’s posts in the Council are lying vacant for quite some time now.
An order passed by the Meghalaya Governor, Ganga Prasad, on Thursday evening stated that Thangkhiew will perform the duties of the office of the Chairman of the KHADC “till a new Chairman is elected”.
While the post of the Deputy Chairman has been lying vacant for the past few years, the post of Chairman in the Council became vacant after the Chairman, LG Nongsiej, resigned from the post on Thursday. Nongsiej resigned just few hours before elections were to be held to elect a new Chief Executive Member (CEM) of KHADC.
The election of the new CEM was scheduled for 2 pm, but had to be postponed at the last moment due to Nongsiej’s “sudden decision to resign”. Nongsiej tendered his resignation as Chairman to the Secretary (legislative) of the KHADC.
The Governor’s order also stated that the election of the new CEM will be held in the Council hall on Friday at 11 am. In 2014, Thangkhiew had become the first lady member to be elected as Chairperson of the KHADC.
The former CEM, HS Shylla, who is the member from Nongkrem constituency, has filed his nominations for the election to the post of CEM. Shylla is being supported backed by members of the Khasi Hills Democratic Alliance (KHADC).
A member from Nongskhen constituency, Grace Mary Kharpuri, also filed her nominations for the election of CEM and she is the candidate sponsored by members who are supporting the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA).
A new CEM will have to be elected as the People’s Democratic Front(PDF) leader, PN Syiem, resigned from the post on July 10 last.
Syiem quit the post without facing a no-confidence motion as majority of the KHADC members said that they have “lost” their “confidence” in his leadership as CEM.