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EC mulls outside staff for poll duty in Jogi?s state

EC is considering to deploy govt staff from other states for poll duty in Chhattisgarh as it is upset with it for repeated violation of model code of conduct, reports Rajnish Sharma.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2003 13:01 IST
Rajnish Sharma
Rajnish Sharma

The Election Commission (EC) is contemplating deploying government staff from other states for election duty in Chhattisgarh. The EC is upset with Chhattisgarh government for repeated violation of the model code of conduct.

If such an arrangement is affected, it will be the first time, as staff from other states is deployed only when a particular state faces law and order problems.

EC sources said this was one of the options discussed at a high-level meeting, held on Thursday at the Nirvanchan Sadan, to review poll arrangements in Chhattisgarh. Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh briefed top EC officials on his visit to the state and said that he was not satisfied with the election arrangements.

One of the important observations of the EC team was that enough senior government officials were not available in Chhattisgarh for election work, sources said. The EC also noted that the majority of the staff available was "politically influenced" and could not ensure a free and fair election.

The EC is, thus, thinking of getting staff from other states. The last time such an exercise was undertaken was during the assembly election in J&K, though for entirely different reasons.

Lyngdoh has now asked the Chhattisgarh chief secretary to furnish a report within three days on the poll preparedness and what further arrangements were required to ensure smooth elections.

First Published: Nov 07, 2003 13:01 IST