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Electoral officer removal sought over poll dates

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  Aizawl, October 18, 2013
First Published: 00:12 IST(18/10/2013) | Last Updated: 11:30 IST(18/10/2013)

The major political parties in Mizoram on Thursday sent a letter to chief election commissioner V S Sampath asking him to remove state chief electoral officer (CEO) Ashwani Kumar from office. They alleged that he had acted immaturely and irresponsibly in the meeting with leaders of the churches, NGOs and political parties while discussing  change of poll dates in the upcoming assembly polls.

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“We felt he (Kumar) was making his own suggestions while forwarding our pleas to the EC on the issue,” Lalruatkima, general secretary of the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF), said. Representatives of political parties

walked out of the meeting as the CEO stuck to his guns and expressed his own ideas about the change of polling date from December 4 to November 25. The churches, NGOs and political parties wanted a change in the

polling date as it falls on the day when two of the major churches — the Presbyterian Church and the United Pentecostal Church, Mizoram — are holding conferences (between December 3 and December 8). The proposed counting day, December 8, is also a Sunday, the sacred day for majority of Christians.               

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