IAS officers Smaraki Mahapatra and Sanghamitra Ghosh have been appointed because the joint chief electoral officer and extra chief electoral officer, respectively, by the West Bengal authorities on Tuesday, a day earlier than the total bench of the Election Commission (EC) visits the state to assessment the ballot preparedness, an official mentioned.
The two officers have been directed to take over the duties instantly, he mentioned.
“Both the officials have been asked to be present during the visit of the full bench of the EC,” the official mentioned.
Ms Ghosh is presently posted because the secretary of state Women and Child Welfare Department, whereas Mahapatra is the secretary within the state Finance Department with the extra duty of the director of West Bengal Highway Development Corporation.
The full bench, led by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, will arrive within the state on Wednesday night time on a two-day go to.
On Thursday, they are going to be holding conferences with Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab and Additional Director-General (Law and Order) Gyanwant Singh, who can be the nodal officer of the state police.
The EC officers are additionally scheduled to fulfill representatives of political events earlier than assembly officers of the central and state regulatory businesses.
There can even be a assessment assembly with divisional commissioners, district election officers and senior cops over the meeting elections within the state, sources within the state ballot panel mentioned.
The EC can even be assembly Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Home Secretary HK Dwivedi, DGP Virendra and different senior officers, they mentioned.
Meanwhile, the CEO on Tuesday held a gathering with Inspector-General of CRPF PK Singh and Inspector-General of BSF AK Singh over the provision of safety forces throughout the meeting elections within the state, possible in April-May.