EC seeks names for suc­ces­sor to Mi­zo­ram CEO

The Asian Age - - Front Page -

New Delhi, Nov. 10: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on 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 com­plained to the EC that the state’s for­mer prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary Lal­nun­mawia Chuaungo was in­ter­fer­ing with the poll process.

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 sta­tions in Mi­zo­ram and not in Tripura as com­mit­ted by the poll panel in 2014.

Mean­while in Mi­zo­ram, the vis­it­ing Elec­tion Com­mis­sion team led by Jain, has left for New Delhi on Satur­day af­ter hold­ing talks with the stake­hold­ers in view of the de­mands for re­moval of Mi­zo­ram chief elec­tion of­fi­cer Shashank, of­fi­cials said.

S. B. Shashank

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