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EC tightens its policy of shifting district officials ahead of polls

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NEW DELHI: Taking exception to officers posted for more than three years in a district, being transferred to an adjacent district in the same parliamentary constituency to show token compliance of EC’s pre-poll transfer

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, poll body on Saturday directed all states and UTs to transfer such officers to a different parliamentary constituency. States/UTs comprising no more than two parliamentary seats, would be exempt from this instruction.
As per EC’s standard policy implemented in run-up to Lok Sabha and assembly

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, all officers posted either in their home district or who have completed three years of posting at a place, must be transferred out, in the interest of maintaining a level-playing field.

This applies to officers who are in any way connected to election work, either directly or in supervisory capacity.

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