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Mizoram Assembly Elections: EC team to hold talks with officials, leaders

The team, led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, would be visiting the state two days after the CEO was summoned to Delhi by the EC.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Aizawl [ Published on: November 10, 2018 23:46 IST ]
Mizoram Assembly Elections

Mizoram Assembly Elections

A high-level team of Election Commission (EC) officials would be arriving in Mizoram on Friday to hold talks with top government officials and leaders of civil societies following a massive agitation for Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) S B Shashank ouster by NGO Coordination Committee - a conglomerate of civil societies and student organisations.

The team, led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, would be visiting the state two days after the CEO was summoned to Delhi by the EC.

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, a native of Mizoram and a Gujarat-cadre IAS officer was relieved of his duties earlier this month.

The committee, along with other political leaders, had been demanding Shashank's exit from the state since then.

The NGO 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.

Thousands of people from the Bru community had fled Mizoram in 1997 following ethnic clashes. They have since been lodged in six relief camps in Tripura.

Election to the 40-member Mizoram Assembly will be held on November 28.

Friday is the last day for filing poll nominations, the list of which is expected to be released by 5pm.

A three-member EC team that visited the state on Tuesday night held talks with the government officials and the NGO to resolve the crises in the poll-bound state.

The meeting, however, remained inconclusive as the team said the final call would be made by the EC.

( With inputs from PTI )

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