Tripura: The Election Commission on Thursday removed SB Shashank as the Chief Election Officer following protests in the poll-bound state demanding his ouster. He has been replaced by IAS officer Ashish Kundra. Also Read - MNF Chief Zoramthanga Takes Oath as Mizoram Chief Minister
The order came after some civil society groups in Mizoram demanded Shashank’s ouster over a row on allowing Bru voters lodged in Tripura relief camps to exercise their franchise from there. Also Read - Assembly Election Results: Congress Wins 2, Ahead in 1; Clear Verdicts in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan; Madhya Pradesh Hangs in Balance
“The Election Commission of India in consultation with the Government of Mizoram hereby nominates Ashish Kundra as the chief electoral officer for the state of Mizoram with immediate effect,” a notification issued by the EC said. Also Read - Assembly Election 2018: 'Opposition United, BJP Will Find it Hard to Win 2019 Lok Sabha Elections' Says Rahul Gandhi
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Earlier, Shashank alleged interference by the state government in preparation for the polls, scheduled on November 28.
Last month, he wrote to the Election Commission where he alleged an “active role” by the state Home Department in this reference.
Protests demanding his removal started the principal secretary (home), Lalninmawia Chuaungo, was removed following the chief electoral officer’s complaint against him.
Shashank had accused Chuaungo of interfering with the revision of electoral rolls of Bru refugees from Mizoram, who have been living in relief camps since 1997.