ECI to take action against 23 micro observers in Tripura

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Agartala, Feb 27 (UNI) Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked the concerned authorities of six central government organisations to take action against 23 officials for disregarding commission's order during election to Tripura assembly held last week.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Dr G S G Ayyangar told media here today that ECI had appointed 707 micro observers for smoothly conducting the election process, but 23 persons belong to Accountant General Office, State Bank of India, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, National Building Construction Company, Tripura University, Regional Provident Fund Commission stationed at Agartala did not report to duty without any intimation.

"According to law, the acts of the persons amounted as challenging ECI; so they have to be punished and we have already communicated to the concerned authority to take action and inform us as soon as possible," Dr Ayyangar said adding that the authority would suspend them first and then the commission would go for next proceedings.

He has also stated that the state poll panel would submit an 11-point recommendation to ECI for smooth conducting of the subsequent polls as found inadequate in just concluded election.

The recommendations included one booth for every 900 voters, separate queue for senior citizens, civic amenities to the voters in the polling stations, more training to the polling personnel as well as the voters and more civility from the central paramilitary forces in the booths.

Dr Ayyangar pointed out that a section of micro observers and central paramilitary forces had created trouble for the voters and the candidates, which were beyond their jurisdiction.

The candidates were not allowed to enter in most of the polling booths and micro observers were also interfering in the polling process delaying the voting process, he added.


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