EC to decide on transfer of incumbent CEO after examining ‘suitability’ of panel of officers sent by state govt
The tremors were also felt in state capital Aizawl, where people rushed out of houses, officials said. There was no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property due to the earthquake, police said.
Commission to decide on transfer of incumbent CEO SB Shashank after examining suitability of candidates suggested by Mizoram Chief Secretary.
While the groups said the EC team assured them of Shashank’s transfer, there was no such announcement from the poll panel
BJP state president JV Hluna, in a letter submitted to the Commission on Wednesday, had sought an extension on account of the unrest in the state over the removal of the state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) SB Shashank.
More than 40,000 people had taken to the streets of Aizawl, demanding action against the state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), SB Shashank, for a free and fair conduct of polls.
The protests, which entered the second day, saw the CM being unable to file his nomination papers in Serchhip as agitators gheraoed the office of the returning officer.
The massive rally and the EC’s move came after Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding Shashank’s removal.
The protests have forced the closure of shops and educational institutions, and transport services have been hit.
Currently, Mizoram is the only Congress-ruled state in the Northeast. It is scheduled to go to polls on November 28, with the results to be announced on December 11.
Officer had complained of state govt’s ‘interference’
State chief electoral officer SB Shashank had written to the Election Commission, complaining of direct interference by Mizoram govt and its principal secretary in the revision of electoral rolls for polls in state and EC to remove the secretary from his post.
A senior BJP leader had on Sunday said that Hiphei would resign from the Congress and join the BJP on November 5. Hiphei, a veteran leader, was elected to the Assembly from the Palak constituency.
Accusing the chief electoral officer of working against the spirit of "free, fair and peaceful" polls, the NGO has urged the authorities to replace him with an official who had the confidence of the people of the state.
In a letter dated October 29, the CEO is learnt to have highlighted the “active role” played by principal secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo in abetting the government’s intrusion in electoral roll revision and deployment of central armed police forces.
Half a century after they were set up in 1961, Sainik Schools have opened doors to girls. The Sunday Express meets the six 12-year-olds making history in a Mizoram village, dreaming to be soldiers, sailors and pilots, and barely sweating about it. The boys, they are catching up.
MNF secretary for information and publicity Lalthanzuala Hnamte cited a Tripurainfo online news report to say that there were claims in the local media that the BJP and the MNF have reached an agreement to forge an alliance.
A singing crowd crammed the Kolasib’s Diakkawn square, through which Lalremsiami passed, sitting in a open palanquin made of bamboo sticks — the highest honour in Mizo traditional practice.
Addressing the function, Zoramthanga, President of the MNF, said, "People are tired of the Congress government and want to form a new government. Even the Congress doubts themselves for the upcoming state elections."
With the resignation, the Congress' strength in the 40-member house has come down to 30, while that of opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) stands at 6. Four seats are vacant.