Mizoram CEO leaves for Delhi on Election Commission summons; protests called off
The Election commission of India on Wednesday set up a high-level committee headed by a deputy election commissioner to hold talks with protestors seeking ouster of the Mizoram poll panel chief.
In a statement, the ECI said it has accepted the broad contours of the resolution passed by the Mizoram’s NGOS coordination committee, spearheading the protest, after its delegation’s deliberations with the EC.
“The Election Commission has also decided to depute a high-level team led by Mizoram Deputy election Commissioner Sudeep Jain to hold further deliberations on their resolution,” the statement said. Jharkhand Chief Electoral Officer Lalbiaktluanga Khiangte, who is also a Mizo, has been included in the EC panel. The ECI set up the panel hours after the protests demanding the ouster of Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S B Shashank were called off in Aizawl by the NGO Coordination Committee Wednesday.
The protests were called off at 1 pm after the state election officials, including the Mizoram CEO, summoned by the ECI, left for New Delhi, state NGOS coordination committee chairman Vanlalruata said. The CEO left for New Delhi by an evening flight.