EC team to talk to Mizo lead­ers & govt of­fi­cials

DNA (Delhi) - - STATE OF POLLS -

Aizawl: A high-level team of Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) of­fi­cials would be ar­riv­ing in Mi­zo­ram to hold talks with top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and lead­ers of civil so­ci­eties over the cri­sis that has rocked the poll ar­range­ments in the state, of­fi­cial sources said.

The team, led by Deputy Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner Sudeep Jain, would be vis­it­ing the state two days af­ter Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer SB Shashank was sum­moned to Delhi by the EC, fol­low­ing a mas­sive ag­i­ta­tion for his ouster by NGO Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee — a con­glom­er­ate of civil so­ci­eties and stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Shashank had al­legedly 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 was re­lieved of his du­ties ear­lier this month.

The com­mit­tee, along with other po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, had been de­mand­ing Shashank’s exit since then.

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