Chennai, April 1: The Election Commission of India on Saturday ordered large-scale transfers in RK Nagar constituency ahead of the by-polls scheduled for April 12. Prior to this, there were also reports of the EC transferring two police inspectors, one Electoral Registration Officer and one Assistant Returning Officer working in the constituency. Reportedly, these transfers were reportedly made following complaints from various political parties.
As per latest reports, the transferred officers are all of the rank of Assistant returning officer and below. The report also claimed that all officers of additional Commissioner of Police and upto inspector level have been transferred in this large-scale transfer. However, apart from these large scale transfers, the Election Commission has ordered the posting of 5 more observers.
On March 18, after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) demanded that the Returning Officer (RO) and the city Police Commissioner be changed to ensure free and fair elections, the Election Commission (EC) appointed a new Returning Officer (RO) to conduct the by-election to the RK Nagar Assembly constituency.
On March 25, the State government transferred S George, Commissioner, Greater Chennai Police following the orders of the Election Commission. Following this, Karan Singha, Additional Director General of Police, Crime Branch CID, took over as the new Commissioner of Greater Chennai Police.
The ECI on Friday also said that political parties have been trying to bribe and influence voters for the upcoming by-polls. Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that they have received complaints relating to cash distribution by candidates and said that the Election Commission will at all cost stop voter inducement activity.