Assam: EC decides to keep transfer, posting of 18 police officers in abeyance

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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

Assam

.
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,

Tamil Nadu

, West Bengal and

Puducherry

. 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.
The

Assam Assembly

elections for 126 seats will be held in three phases starting from March 27.

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