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Election Commission of Meghalaya


State Election Commision of Meghalaya

Situated in the north-eastern part of India, Meghalaya is the 23rd most populous state, with a population of 2,964,004 (2011 census). The state is categorized among the smaller ones in India, owing to its small size as well as population, and is predominantly inhabited by tribal and immigrant Bengali populations. Like any other state in India, the government in Meghalaya´╗┐ is elected democratically by the people of the state.

When the Parliament of India passed the North Eastern Areas (Reorganization) Act in 1972, it granted the creation of Meghalaya from Assam. On January 21, 1972, Meghalaya succeeded in achieving full statehood with a Legislative Assembly of its own, consisting of 60 members. The 9th Meghalaya legislative assembly was announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI) after the expiry of its 8th legislative assembly on March 10, 2013.

History and Formation

Meghalaya was given the status of a semi-autonomous state in 1970 before the passing of the North Eastern Areas (Reorganization) Act 1972, before which Meghalaya had semi-independent status due to a treaty relationship with the British Crown. The State Election Commission of Meghalaya was formed separately for the state when the constitution of India was amended to include respective state election commissions in each state of the Union. The amendment made provisions for the states to have an independent federal body under the helm of the state government that would assist the ECI to look after the electoral processes and affairs of the local urban and rural elections in the state.

Meghalaya held its last election on February 23,´╗┐ 2013 to elect representatives of its 9th legislative assembly. The Congress party retained power and Mukul Sangma continued as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

Chief Electoral Commissioner (CEO) of Meghalaya

The current CEO of State Election Commission of Meghalaya is Shri Prashant Kumar Naik, who holds the prestigious chair because of his experience and maturity in the administrative arena. Prashant Naik is an IAS officer of the 1989 batch. The current CEO's birthplace and domicile is Karnataka. He also has an M.A. in Geology.

Officers Appointed By Election Commission of Meghalaya

The State Election Commission consists of many officers, who are entrusted to conduct the election peacefully and fairly. These are as follows:
  • Chief Electoral Officer: Shri P. Naik
  • Addl. Chief Electoral Officer: Shri B. Dhar
  • Asst. Chief Electoral Officer: Shri A. S. Mawkhiew
  • DEO, West Jaintia Hills: Shri P. S. Dkhar
  • DEO, East Jaintia Hills: Shri Walpeelter Roy Lyngdoh
  • DEO, East Khasi Hills: Shri Sanjay Goyal

  • DEO, West Khasi Hills: Shri S. Kharlyngdoh
  • DEO, South West Khasi Hills: Shri A. Mawlong
  • DEO, Ri-Bhoi: Smt I. Mawlong
  • DEO, East Garo Hills: Shri Vijay Kr. Mantri
  • DEO, North Garo Hills: Shri W. L. Khyllep
  • DEO, West Garo Hills: Smt H. D. B. Sangma
  • DEO, South Garo Hills: Shri Chinmay P. Gotmare
  • DEO, South West Garo Hills: Shri Ram Singh

Schedule and election budget

This year, election was concluded peacefully in Meghalaya on February 23. The next election will most likely be held in 2018 when the current government ends its tenure.

Contact information and Address

Office of The Chief Electoral Officer
Additional Secretariat, Room No 412
Meghalaya, Shillong
Phone: 0364-2225935
Fax: 0364-2220202
E-mail: ceomeghalaya@gmail.com
Website: www.ceomeghalaya.nic.in

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