EC sets ball rolling to replace Mizoram CEO
Seeks Panel Of Names For Post
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.