EC proposes to guard ballot officers from ‘harassment’


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 25

With an aim to protect officials, particularly state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), from harassment during the poll, the Election Commission is preparing to write to the government that no action should be taken against such officers for at least one year after completion of the Lok Sabha or Assembly elections.

Noting that the CEOs are usually IAS officers, who have held other responsibilities in their respective states of posting in the past, sources said there had been instances where they had been allegedly targeted by state governments after elections by reopening old complaints and cases.

Easy target

  • The EC is yet to firm up its proposal which it plans to send to the Union Ministry of Law and Justice.
  • Sources said officers who held “free and objective polls” at times were targeted by ruling parties in many states.
  • The Legislative Department in the Law Ministry is the nodal unit for the EC with whom the poll panel usually interacts.

The EC is yet to firm up its proposal which it plans to send to the Union Ministry of Law & Justice, said the sources, adding that officers who held “free and objective polls” at times had been targeted by ruling parties in many states.

The Legislative Department in the Law Ministry is the nodal unit for the EC with whom the poll panel usually interacts. The EC holds Lok Sabha, Assembly, Legislative Council and Rajya Sabha poll through its CEOs in the states.

The commission has been working on such a suggestion at a time when the poll panel is preparing to conduct elections in five states, including West Bengal, where ruling TMC and BJP are engaged in fierce electoral battle.



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