Pulwama: District Panchayat Election Officer/Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Dr Raghav Langer has placed under suspension 4 employees for “indulging in election campaigning besides intimidating the voters” during the ongoing Sarpanch/Panch and DDC polls.

An order issued by District Election Office reads that as per the report of AERO Pulwama/Litter block, two JEs of REW block Pulwama, Akhil Gandotra and Nazir Ahmad Allie were found involved in dereliction of election-related duties besides exhibiting disruptive attitude towards elections which amounts to obstructing the ongoing election process.

Deputy District Election Officer (Dy DEO) has been appointed as Inquiry Officer to conduct an enquiry into the matter, present charge sheet to the erring officials and furnish enquiry report along with recommendations within fifteen days for initiating disciplinary action against erring officials under relevant provisions of law.

Earlier, two more Employees namely Zahoor Ahmad Wani , working as  Nursing Orderly at SDH Tral and Mohammad Khalil, Helper Irrigation subdivision Tral were also suspended who have been prima facie found indulging in election campaigning/ intimidating the voters during the ongoing elections.

The order reads that any attempt to vitiate the election process can’t be allowed under the explicit provisions of JK Representation of People’s Act, 1951, JK Panchayati Raj Act,1989 and Government No.31 JK( GAD) of 2020 dated 26.11.2020. The two employees have been attached with the office of Deputy District Election Officer who has also been appointed as the Enquiry Officer to serve charge sheet to the suspended employee, besides submitting enquiry report within a month along with his recommendations so that penal action can be initiated against the employees under relevant provisions of law.


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