Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Police personnel designated as election related officials

Nagaland News

Dimapur, March 16: In pursuance of the standing instructions of the Election Commission of India, the Governor of Nagaland has designated all officers and ranks of Nagaland Police from Director General of Police down to constable, including Home Guards and Village Guards as election related officials for the purpose of Section 28A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, with effect from the date of notification for election till the completion of the General Election to Lok Sabha, 2024 from 1 -Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency.
The police officials as stated above who are involved in any way in election related arrangements and perform duties in connection with the conduct of the said elections are, by law, officers of the Election Commission, being deemed to be on deputation to it and are subject to its control, superintendence and discipline, and as such are answerable to the Election Commission for any acts of commission or omission on their part while performing any election related duties.
Committee to examine MCC
A screening committee to examine the proposals related to Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has been constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Nagaland and member secretary – Principal Secretary, Department of Home and member – Administrative Head of Department submitting MCC proposal.
The screening committee shall examine each proposal related to MCC in the light of the ECI’s existing instruction/clarification available in the form of manual on Model Code of Conduct/compendium of instructions available on the ECI website; submit the proposals cleared along with full details of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Nagaland. A note on urgency i.e., why the proposal cannot wait till completion of Poll/Election shall also be attached.
Departments have been advised not to forward any reference directly to the ECI. Further, they shall not send original file to the CEO’s office. Only a self-contained reference of approved proposals shall be sent. The CEO shall forward to the ECI, only such proposal(s) that are cleared by the screening committee, along with his comments.
(Page News Service)