EC orders to keep in abeyance transfers of police officers in Assam due to model code of conduct in place

In Assam, the assembly elections will be conducted in three phases on 27 March, 1 April, and 6 April

EC orders to keep in abeyance transfers of police officers in Assam due to model code of conduct in place

Chief Electoral Officer Assam, Nitin Khade, speaks during a press conference on the forthcoming state assembly polls, in Guwahati. PTI

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 27

The Election Commission has put in abeyance the decision of the Assam government to transfer 12 IPS officers and six APS officers in the poll-bound state stating that Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has come into play following the announcement of the election schedule yesterday.

The state government had ordered the transfer of the officers on February 26, the day on which the poll panel had announced the schedule for three-phase election in the state beginning March 27.

“It has come to the notice of the commission that the government of Assam has, on 26 February, ordered the transfer of 12 IPS and six APS officers. Commission has decided to keep transfer/posting of these police officers in abeyance till further orders in view of the Model Code of Conduct,” the EC said in a statement.

The poll panel had on Friday announced the schedule for assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry.

Voting for five assembly elections to these four states and one Union Territory will be held between 27 March and 29 April. Counting for all the seats of five states will be held on 2 May, as per the schedule.

West Bengal will vote in eight phases. The first phase of polling will be on 27 March, the second phase on 1 April, the third phase on 6 April, the fourth on 10 April, the fifth on 17 April, the sixth on 22 April, the seventh on 26 April, and the eighth phase on 29 April, respectively.

In Assam, the assembly elections will be conducted in three phases on 27 March, 1 April, and 6 April.

Tamil Nadu and Kerala will vote in a single round on 6 April. Puducherry will also vote on the same day.

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