The Election Commission on Monday transferred three senior officials of the West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer‘s (CEO) office, months before the assembly election in the state, a source said.
The three included additional chief electoral officer Saibal Barman, an IAS officer who was in charge of model code of conduct and law and order sections.
Joint chief electoral officer Anamika Majumdar and deputy chief electoral officer Amitjyoti Bhattacharji were also transferred, the source in the CEO’s office said.
Majumdar looked after Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and training of election workers, while Bhattacharji was responsible for handling the media cell.
While CEO sources said the transfer was routine, others claimed that the decision was linked to BJP leaders’ meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora last month.
However, it is still not clear where the three officers were transferred or who will replace them, the source said.
The assembly election in the state is due in April-May.