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No clarity yet on GHADC poll code

By Our Reporter

SHILLONG: In the absence of clarity on the model code of conduct for the October 12 GHADC polls, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and others are launching schemes and projects almost every day in Garo Hills and elsewhere in the state which may indirectly influence the voters.
As per the calendar, from September 12, the filing of nominations starts which is also the day of notification for polls (date for calling the constituencies to elect their representatives).
According to sources, the District Council Affairs department is yet to provide any guideline to the Returning Officer Pravin Bakshi , who is also the Deputy Commissioner  of West Garo Hills.
When contacted, Bakshi on Saturday said that he was still waiting for instructions from the District Council Affairs department regarding the enforcement of model of conduct.
He hoped that with the filing of nominations, the model code of conduct can be implemented.
There is lack of clarity on whether the Government machinery can launch schemes in places other than Garo Hills which is covered by the polls.
Another question is whether the code of conduct will be applicable only for the contesting candidates or the ruling Government as a whole.
Unlike the model code of conduct which comes into immediate force once the elections are announced for Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, the model code of conduct  is defined by the District Council Affairs department.
It was a month ago on August 10 that through a statement, the commissioner and secretary in charge District Council affairs announced the poll date for GHADC.
Though September 12 was supposed to be the first day for filing of nominations, the Returning Officer indicated that by Monday, the process may start.

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