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ECI for security sharing in NE states for polls
Published on 15 Mar. 2009 12:28 AM IST
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Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked the northeastern states to set up a coordinated security hub and force a sharing mechanism to hold the coming Lok Sabha elections peacefully, as the Union Home Ministry wouldn’t be able to spare sufficient Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) this time for poll duty. Official sources here on Saturday said the ECI communiqu stated that following serial terror strikes in different locations, the Centre had made extraordinary deployment all across the country and therefore, no CPMF personnel could be used for exclusive election work. “As an alternative, the ECI has suggested the states to discuss the security force sharing matters with the neighbouring states and set up a coordinated hub for conducting elections,” the officials pointed out, adding that preliminary talks among the northeastern states were in progress. Meanwhile, except chief secretary, principal secretary, and finance secretary, all other senior IAS officers were engaged in election work as observers, virtually affecting the normal administrative functions, sources said. ECI had been instructed to report in Delhi by Sunday, as the Commission had convened the first meeting with the observers in Delhi on March 15 to brief them on their election responsibility, sources said. ECI had got names of 31 IAS officers from Manipur-Tripura cadre, who would be deployed in election work in other states, sources added.

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