ECI asks Jharkhand government to remove Manjunath Bhajantri as Deoghar district election officer

Ranchi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has once again asked the chief electoral officer of Jharkhand to remove Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri as the district election officer.

In the letter dated October 31st the ECI has suggested names of two officials to replace Manjunath Bhajantri. However, he will continue to function as the Deputy Commissioner of Deoghar

The ECI in the letter stated that there is a complaint against him in the process of updating the voters’ list of Deoghar. “In view of the above, it is requested that the proposal for designating or nominating an officer as district election officer may be resubmitted after due consultation with the state government,” the letter reads. BJP’s Godda MP Nishikant Dubey had lodged a complaint to the ECI on August 23 against the DC.

He stated that the updating of the voters’ list in the Deoghar district of Jharkhand is taking place in contravention of the decisions of the ECI hence the entire exercise is illegal. In the letter, Nishikant Dubey pointed out that the ECI in 2021 had dismissed Manjunath Bhajantri in his capacity as the District Election Officer because of the blatant misuse of power via illegal means for immoral reasons.

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