NEW DELHI: Gearing up for elections in 5 states in the approaching months, the EC has reminded these states not to assign any poll-related responsibility to officials who’ve been charged for any lapse in any election in the previous.
In an advisory to the chief secretaries of Assam, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the Election Commission (EC) has additionally stated that officers towards whom it had really helpful disciplinary motion in previous and which is pending or has resulted in a penalty also needs to not be deployed for poll-related work.
The advisory, despatched final month, stated any officer, who’s due to retire throughout the coming six months, shouldn’t be related with any election-related responsibility.
The phrases of the legislative assemblies of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry are coming to an finish on totally different dates in May and June this yr. Assembly elections are doubtless to happen someday in April-May.
The ballot watchdog additionally requested these states to be certain that officers immediately related with the conduct of elections will not be posted in their residence districts and people who have spent three years in a district in the final 4 years.
It is common for the ballot panel to concern such instructions forward of Lok Sabha or meeting polls to be certain that officials don’t intrude in the election course of in any means and the train stays free and honest.
“To ensure free and fair election, the Commission has been following a consistent policy to the effect that officers directly connected with conduct of elections in an election going state/UT are not posted in their home districts or places where they have served for considerably long period,” the advisory stated.