Mizoram’s embattled chief electoral officer S B Shashank on Monday got the state police’s support to his demand for heavy deployment of central forces for the poll process, with a top police official saying the requirement of 40 companies was decided after due consultation with all concerned authorities. “We go by the guidelines and instructions of the Election Commission of India for conduct of peaceful elections. This time, every assembly constituency must have independent strong room for EVM and VVPAT machines,” Mizoram Deputy Inspector General of Police (Training & Armed Branch) Joseph Lalchhuana said.Shashank had sought deployment of 40 companies of central armed police forces (CAPF) in the state, which did not go down well with the powerful NGO Coordination Committee — a conglomerate of civil societies and student organisations — and the political parties.Accusing him of being anti-Mizo, political parties have termed Shashank’s actions as “foolish” and jave charged him of puncturing the state’s enviable record of holding peaceful polls for decades. Amid a raging controversy and massive protests here demanding the CEO’s ouster over his alleged “pro-Bru” stance and for seeking “unnecessary central forces” for the polls, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on… Read full this story
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