The Election commission of India has accepted all the demands of the resolution passed by the NGO coordination committee of Mizoram. This news comes after the summoning of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S B Shashank, whose removal has been demanded by the chief minister and several NGOs .
The chairman of the NGO Coordination Committee, Vanlalruata said that Shashank should be transferred from Mizoram and the Bru voters in the Tripura relief camps should exercise their franchise in their respective polling stations in Mizoram. Thousands of people from the Bru community fled Mizoram in the late 1990s following ethnic clashes. They have been lodged in relief camps in Tripura.
The Election Commission of India has also decided to depute a higher level team led by Sudeep Jain Deputy Election Commissioner to Mizoram to hold further deliberations on their resolution.
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The protests by the people demanding the removal of CEO comes after Shashank complained against principal secretary (home), Lalninmawia Chuaungo for allegedly interfering in poll process. Shashank has alleged that Chuaungo had interfered with the revision of electoral rolls of Bru refugees from Mizora, which allows them to vote from their respective camps in Tripura. Majority of the Mizos, including the state government, have opposed the Election Commission’s proposal to permit the Brus to cast their votes at their camps.
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The state observed a bandh on Tuesday in response to a call by the Mizoram Merchants’ Association (MiMA) to extend support to the agitation.
Earlier on Monday, Chief Minister Lal thanhawla had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that “as people have lost faith in him, the only solution for smooth conduct of the Assembly elections 2018 would be removal of CEO S B Shashank from office forthwith.”
Election to the 40-member Mizoram Assembly is scheduled for November 28.
By Prakash S (with inputs from PTI)