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Election Commission Begins Officers’ Scrutiny Drive For 2021 Polls In 5 States

New Delhi: With simply six to seven months left for the Meeting elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and Assam, the Election Fee (EC) has begun a mammoth drive for the scrutiny of officers being deployed within the five-yearly train geared toward attaining “free and fair” polls.

It’s being ensured that the polling officers immediately linked to the conduct of elections in these 5 states aren’t posted of their dwelling districts and locations the place they’ve served for a significantly lengthy time period.

The EC has circulated the message by way of a written advisory to the Chief Secretaries and the Chief Electoral Officers of all these 5 states the place the polling is scheduled in Might finish and early June as the present legislative Assemblies are because of expire throughout that interval subsequent yr.

Because the phrases of the Assemblies in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Puducherry and Assam are to run out on Might 24, June 1, Might 30, June eight and Might 31, respectively, and the elections to those states ought to be performed earlier than the due interval, the EC has given directions to the involved authorities to arrange an inventory of such officers as per its coverage, giving instance of the one issued on January 16 final yr when the phrases of the Lok Sabha and the state legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim had been to run out inside subsequent five-six months.

Accordingly, it has been suggested to make sure that all authorities officers immediately linked with the conduct of elections aren’t posted in her/his dwelling district and so they have accomplished three years in that district over the last 4 years or can be finishing three years on or earlier than Might 31.

The listing may even embody the names of these officers in opposition to whom the Fee had really helpful disciplinary motion up to now and which is pending or which has resulted in a penalty or the officers who’ve been charged for any lapse in any election or election associated work up to now. These officers won’t be assigned to those duties.

Additional, any officer, who is because of retire throughout the coming six months, shall additionally not be related to any election associated duties. The officers who had been posted on the advice of the Fee throughout the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 could also be exempted from the switch coverage.

The Fee’s advisory could also be introduced to note of all involved for “strict and timely compliance”.

The 5 states have additionally been directed to revert again to the Fee’s advisory with acknowledgement receipt of the letter.

These directions shall cowl not solely officers appointed for particular election duties like DEOs, Deputy DEOs, ROs, AROs, EROs/AEROs and officers appointed as nodal officers of any particular elections, but additionally district officers like ADMs, SDMs, Deputy Collectors/Joint Collectors, Tehsildars, Block Growth Officers or every other officer of equal rank immediately deployed for election works.

These directions may even be relevant to the cops of the ranks of IGs, DIGs, Commandants of State Armed Police, SSPs, SPs, Extra SPs, Sub-Divisional Head of Police, SHOs, Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors, RIs/Sergeant Majors or equal ranks, who’re answerable for safety preparations or deployment of police forces within the districts at election time.

All election associated officers may even be required to provide a declaration in a specific format to the District Electoral Officer involved, who shall inform the Chief Electoral Officer.

(Rajnish Singh/IANS)

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