EC team to talk to Mizo leaders & govt officials
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.