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Election schedule announced - Ban on transfers

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Ordinary elections to Gram Panchayats - Election schedule announced Model  Code  of Conduct  came into  force  in  the  entire  State  - Ban  on transfers - Orders    Issued.




The   State   Election   Commission   announced   schedule   on  08.01.2021   for conduct of ordinary  elections to Gram Panchayats in the State. A copy of the election schedule  is  appended  to  this  letter.  The  Model  Code  of  Conduct  for  local  body elections will come into  force with  effect from 09.01.2021  and it will  remain in force till completion of all phases of Gram Panchayats elections. As per Para 3(A) of Model Code of Conduct,  when the  ordinary  elections  are notified  to the  Rural  Local  Bodies in the  entire  State,  the  Model  Code of Conduct  is  applicable to rural  areas only and not applicable to the urban areas in the State.

The State  Election  Commission  directs  that there  shall  be a  total  ban on the transfers  of all  officers  directly  or indirectly  connected  with  the  conduct of election. These include but are not restricted to:

i)         AII the officers and staff of the State Election Commission.

 ii)        All   the   officers   and  staff   members   working   in   the   office   of   the

 Commissioner of Panchayat Raj.

 iii)        Collectors   &   District   Election   Authorities,   Joint   Collectors,    Revenue

 Divisional  Officers, Sub-Collectors and Tahsildars.

 iv)        Returning  Officers,  Assistant  Returning  Officers  and all  polling personnel and other officers of Government and local  bodies deployed for conduct of elections to Gram Panchayats.

v)        Officers  of the  Police  Department  connected  with  the  management  of elections, namely IGs,  DIGs, Commissioners of Police, Superintendents of Police, Additional Superintendents of Police, Sub-Divisional Police Officers, Circle Inspectors,  Sub- Inspectors and other Police officers.

vi)       The transfer  orders issued  in  respect of  the above categories  of  officers prior  to the date  of  announcement  of  schedule  but  not  implemented  till date should not given effect to without obtaining specific permission from the State  Election  Commission  in this regard.

 ii)      This ban shall be effective till the completion of election process. The Commission  further directs that the State Government should refrain from making transfers of senior officers who have a  role in the management of Gram  Panchayat  elections.

viii)      In   cases  where   transfer   of   an    officer   is   necessary   on   account   of administrative exigencies, the State Government may with full justification approach the State  Election  Commission  for prior clearance.


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