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Meghalaya amends some rules for council polls
Staff correspondent
 SHILLONG, Feb 4 - The Meghalaya government has amended some rules for the upcoming Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections scheduled to be held on February 27.

It has been notified that the security deposit prescribed under Rule 134(1) of the Assam and Meghalaya Autonomous Districts (Constitution of District Councils) Rules, 1951 has been raised to Rs 3,000 after an amendment of the rules.

The maximum scale of election expense, which may be incurred by a candidate for election in a constituency, was also raised to Rs 5 lakh.

The None of the Above (NOTA) option would also be introduced in the upcoming elections. The symbol and other procedures related to NOTA shall be as prescribed by the Election Commission of India.

On February 27, elections to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) would be held and 9,84,477 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. In these elections, only the indigenous people are entitled to cast their votes.

There are 7,35,143 voters – 4.11 lakh females and 3.83 lakh males – for the KHADC polls. In the JHADC, 1.28 lakh females and 1.20 lakh male voters are eligible to exercise their franchise.

For both the elections, there are 29 seats. For the KHADC elections, areas under Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi will go to the polls and there will be 1,433 polling stations. For the JHADC polls, there are only 408 polling stations spread across the Jaintia Hills districts.

After the Model Code of Conduct came into force from February 2 and the process of filing of nominations began, two candidates submitted their nomination papers on the first day.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (Election), East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, has directed all arms license holders to deposit their arms and weapons at the nearest police stations, as a rule under Section 144 CrPC.

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