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Taking note of some incidents of "victimisation" of state chief electoral officers and other election officials in the post-election period on flimsy grounds, the Election Commission has directed all states to seek its prior approval before initiating any disciplinary action against such officers during their tenure, as also up to one year after completion of their stint with the poll panel.
In a letter addressed to the cabinet secretary and chief secretaries of all states and union territories on Thursday, the EC said it has noted some incidents of "victimisation" of CEOs and additional, joint, deputy and assistant CEOs in the post-election period.
"Many a times they are targeted for political vendetta by charging them with disciplinary cases on flimsy grounds for their earlier tenures in the state government after the completion of their tenure. An environment of fear is created to convey that the upright, steadfast and sincere officers can be taken to task at any time, on the flimsiest of the grounds," the Commission noted.