EC sets ball rolling to re­place Mi­zo­ram CEO

Seeks Panel Of Names For Post

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has ini­ti­ated the process for re­place­ment of Mi­zo­ram chief elec­toral of­fi­cer, fac­ing mas­sive protests from lo­cal civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, by call­ing for a panel of names for the CEO’s post.

The de­ci­sion to call for a panel of names of el­i­gi­ble of­fi­cers was taken at a meet­ing of the full com­mis­sion on Satur­day morn­ing. Sources in Nir­vachan Sadan said a fi­nal call on re­plac­ing CEO S B Shashank will be taken af­ter ex­am­in­ing the suit­abil­ity of of­fi­cers to be in­cluded in the panel.

The EC is ex­pected to meet again on Mon­day to take a de­ci­sion in the mat­ter, based on re­port of the team led by deputy elec­tion com­mis­sioner Sudip Jain that had held de­lib­er­a­tions with the Mi­zo­ram NGO co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee in Aizawl,

The NGO com­mit­tee had also de­manded that 11,232 Bru vot­ers in six Tripura re­lief camps be al­lowed to ex­er­cise their fran­chise in Mi­zo­ram and not in Tripura. The EC has also agreed to this de­mand

Shashank’s tes­ti­mony and panel of names for ap­point­ment as the new CEO.

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. Based on his re­port, EC had or­dered re­moval of Chuaungo, a Mizo and IAS of­fi­cer from Gu­jarat cadre.

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 ever since. Chief min­is­ter Lal Than­hawla had last week writ­ten to the PM seek­ing re­moval of the CEO, say­ing that “peo­ple (of Mi­zo­ram) state had lost faith in him”.

The NGO com­mit­tee had 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. The EC has also agreed to this de­mand.

Polling in Mi­zo­ram is to be held on Novem­ber 28.

Shashank has been camp­ing in Delhi since past 3-4 days. In fact, the protests eased af­ter the CEO left Mi­zo­ram. The nom­i­na­tion process picked up with over 200 nom­i­na­tions filed un­til the last date on Fri­day.

The NGO Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee chief Van­lal­ru­ata had claimed on Fri­day that the vis­it­ing EC team dur­ing a meet­ing with the com­mit­tee had agreed to its de­mand for im­me­di­ate re­moval of Shashank, seen by the com­mit­tee as a Bru sym­pa­thiser.

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