The Election Commission of India, ECI has said that State and Union Territory governments will need its prior approval ,if any disciplinary action is initiated against the Chief Electoral Officers and other officers up to Joint Chief Electoral Officer during their tenure and also up to one year from the expiry of the last election conducted by them.
The ECI has said this in a letter marked to the Cabinet Secretary, Chief Secretaries of States, Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training and Chief Electoral Officers of all the States. The ECI also said that many instances have come to its notice wherein Chief Electoral Officers and some other officials working directly in the office of Chief Electoral Officers have been victimised after the elections are over.
The Commission said, ironically, in most such instances the concerned officers had discharged their duties in an impartial manner in order to ensure free, fair, robust and ethical elections. After a comprehensive review of this issue and keeping in view such specific instances, the Commission has addressed a communication to all concerned. The ECI has also directed that the State and Union Territory governments will not reduce facilities such as vehicle, security and other facilities and amenities provided to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer for proper discharge of duties.