NEW DELHI: The
Election Commission of India
(ECI) on Saturday said that it has decided to keep the transfer/posting of 18 police officers in abeyance till further orders in view of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in poll-bound
This comes a day after the Assam government ordered the transfer of 12
Indian Police Service
(IPS) and 6 Assam Police Service (APS) officers.
"The Commission vide its press note dated 26th February 2021, had announced the schedule of General Elections to Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala,
, West Bengal and
. With this announcement, the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct has come into force with immediate effect, which includes a total ban on the transfers/postings of all officers connected with the conduct of elections," the commission said in a statement.
"It has come to the notice of Commission that the Assam government has on February 26 2021, ordered the transfer of 12 IPS and 6 APS officers. The Commission has therefore decided to keep the transfer/posting of these police officers in abeyance till further orders," it added.
elections for 126 seats will be held in three phases starting from March 27.