EC seeks names for new Mizo CEO

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - MYINDIAMYVOTE - Press Trust of In­dia

NEWDELHI: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion Satur­day ini­ti­ated the process of find­ing an al­ter­na­tive to Mi­zo­ram chief elec­toral of­fi­cer who is fac­ing a mas­sive ag­i­ta­tion for his ouster by a con­glom­er­ate of civil so­ci­ety and stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions.

A Com­mis­sion spokesper­son said that in a meet­ing held here Satur­day, the poll panel has “only de­cided to call for a panel of names for the post of State CEO from chief sec­re­tary of Mi­zo­ram.” The spokesper­son said “next steps” will “only be taken af­ter re­ceiv­ing the re­port of the team led by Deputy Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner Sudip Jain”.

State chief elec­toral of­fi­cer S B Shashank had re­port­edly sought de­ploy­ment of ad­di­tional cen­tral armed po­lice forces (CAPF) in the state and com­plained to the EC that the state’s for­mer prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary Lal­nun­mawia Chuaungo was in­ter­fer­ing with the poll process.

Chuaungo, a na­tive of Mi­zo­ram and a Gu­jarat-cadre IAS of­fi­cer was re­lieved of his du­ties ear­lier this month. The NGO Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee - a con­glom­er­ate of civil so­ci­eties and stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions — along with other po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, had been de­mand­ing Shashank’s exit from the state since then.the NGO also de­manded that 11,232 Bru vot­ers lodged in six Tripura re­lief camps be al­lowed to ex­er­cise their fran­chise at their re­spec­tive polling in Mi­zo­ram.thou­sands of peo­ple from the Bru com­mu­nity had fled Mi­zo­ram in 1997 fol­low­ing eth­nic clashes.

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