Aizawl: Reacting to the widespread criticism from different sections of society over the “huge” deployment of central armed police forces (CAPF) ahead of the election in the state on November 28, the additional chief electoral officer (CEO) on Wednesday said that the state election commission was forced to take the extreme step owing to the prevailing condition in Mizoram.
Talking to EastMojo, Lalzarmawii, Mizoram additional CEO, said that the deployment of companies of the CAPF has been increased this time as the number of polling stations has also been increased.
“The number of companies from the CAPF has been increased to conduct a free and fair election,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Young Mizo Association (YMA) has termed the decision as nothing but a “cover-up” exercise.
“Last year, there was a deployment of 25 companies from the CAPF to control the election process in Mizoram. But this time, the authorities concerned have decided to deploy 40. This is almost a 100% increase. This in turn forced CEO SB Shashank to take such steps,” said Vanlalruata, president of YMA, the largest and the most comprehensive non-profit organisation of the Mizo people.
Lambasting CEO Shashank for his various initiative, the president of the YMA said that the increase in the number of companies from the CAPF for the coming election is nothing but misuse of public money. “Why do we need so many companies? We have our state police and other battalions. Why are we not using them properly? For a small state like Mizoram, we can’t spend so much of money in the name of security. Has the CEO taken permission from the state government in this regard?” he asked, adding: “If Shashank was really serious, then he should have consulted with the government before taking such decisions.”
Reiterating their demand of transfer and forceful stepping down of the CEO, Vanlalruata further said that his ‘dictatorial behaviour’ was not acceptable to society at all.