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East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner transferred

East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Matsiewdor War Nongbri has been transferred ahead of Lok Sabha poll which to be held on 11th April in Meghalaya. According to sources, Pravin Bakshi will be appointed as the new deputy commissioner. Sources said that the transfers have been ordered in view of the recent directions issued by the Election Commission of India.

It was informed that the Election Commission recently has directed all State Governments to transfer officials posted in their home districts and those who have spent three years in a district in the last four years. It is usual for the poll panel to issue such directions ahead of Lok Sabha or assembly polls to ensure that officials do not interfere in the election process in any way and the exercise remains free and fair.

The Commission made it clear that though large number of employees would be drafted for election duty, it does not want to carry out large-scale dislocation of the state machinery. It said the transfer directive is not applicable to those not directly connected with the elections. The January 16 direction made it clear that officials against whom it had recommended disciplinary action in the past in any election should not be assigned poll-related duty