The Election Commission is likely to announce the schedule for assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala, West Bengal and Puducherry on Friday afternoon. Credit: File image

Aizawl: The Mizoram government has proposed the names of three IAS officers for the post of a new chief electoral officer (CEO) in the state. The move has come after the Election Commission (EC) directed the state chief secretary to suggest three names to replace the current CEO, SB Shashank, following the unrest demanding his ouster.

The names suggested by the government reportedly include Lalhmingthanga, H Lalengmawia and K Lalthawmmawia.

Meanwhile, as per reports, until a decision is reached upon a final candidate, incumbent Shashank will continue to serve as the CEO.

Earlier, the second EC team led by deputy election commissioner Sudeep Jain met NGO Coordination Committee members, the influential body leading the massive protest against Shashank, and assured them of replacing him. However, the team said it would take a few days to complete the entire process of selecting and appointing a new CEO.

Jain also ensured that the Bru voters housed in Tripura relief camps would exercise their franchise from Mizoram, which was the primary demand of the civil bodies, as they viewed Shashank of being a sympathiser of the Bru refugees.

The poll panel had initiated the process of finding a replacement for the Mizoram CEO’s post on Saturday, after Jain’s visit to the state. An EC spokesperson reportedly said in New Delhi that the poll panel had “only decided to call for a panel of names for the post of the state CEO from the chief secretary of Mizoram”.

Shashank had reportedly complained to the EC about the state’s former principal secretary, Lalnunmawia Chuaungo’s alleged interference in the state’s poll process, leading to his removal from the post.

More than 40,000 people under the banner of NGO Coordination Committee had been protesting in Aizawl and picketing in front of the controversial CEO’s office for two days since Tuesday last week demanding his immediate removal.

The brewing anger among the people led the EC to send a team to the poll-bound state, and summon Shashank to Delhi on Wednesday last week.

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