CEC snubs UP officials, says unprepared for next Assembly polls

Published on: 26 Sep 2016 4:05 PM GMT
CEC snubs UP officials, says unprepared for next Assembly polls

Lucknow: The eight-member Central Election Commission (CEC) team, which was here to review the arrangements for the next Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, expressed unhappiness over the preparations made in some districts for conducting a free and fair election next year.

The team led by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi found that some state officials assigned the election job had done pretty little and did not have detailed information regarding the poll when only about six months were left for it. Moreover, the commission came down on the officials and action may be taken against them.

The officials snubbed by the central team include Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh, Kanpur DM Kaushal Raj Sharma, Agra DM Gaurav Dayal, Aligarh Superintendent of Police Pratendra Singh and DM of Aligarh Rajmani Yadav.

According to insiders, the CEC officials found that the job was only half done at this time when most of the arrangements should have been finalised.

The team also met the leaders of opposition parties who have demanded deployment of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the election as they don’t have faith in the state policemen. Most of them would like to favour the ruling Samajwadi Party, they fear.

They have also demanded that there should be no transfer of DMs and other senior officials on the eve of election as they say these transfers are made to favour the ruling party candidates. The team, however, assured the leaders that a strict watch will be kept on officials during the election.

Furthermore, the team is scheduled to return to the national capital on Tuesday.

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