The Election Commission on Wednesday deputed a high-level team led by a Deputy Election Commissioner to hold further talks with the Mizoram NGOs demanding the axing of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S.B. Shashank.
The EC said that while it accepted the "broad contours" of the joint resolution passed by the NGOs, it had decided to depute a "higher-level team led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain", in-charge of Mizoram, to have "further discussions" on November 9 at Aizwal.
"Considering the urgency of the matter, a full Commission meeting was convened today (Wednesday) to further build on this mutual understanding (with NGOs). After due deliberations, the Commission, while accepting broad contours of the resolution passed by the NGOs, decided to depute a higher-level EC team," the EC said.
The Mizoram NGOs Coordination Committee (MNCC) has urged the people to continue their protests until Shashank was removed as the CEO and Principal Secretary (Home) Chuaungo, a 1987-batch Gujarat-cadre IAS officer, was reinstated.
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