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KMC elections: SEC rules out repoll in any ward

There will be no repoll at any of the 4,704 booths where polls were conducted.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
April 22, 2015 12:35:41 am
kolkata polls, kolkata municipal corporation polls, kmc polls, kmc election, kmc news, kolkata news, india news There will be no repoll at any of the 4,704 booths where polls were conducted.

The State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday ruled out Opposition’s demands for repolls in some booths under Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), where civic polls were held on April 18.

State Election Commissioner Susanta Ranjan Upadhyaya said: “There will be no repoll at any of the 4,704 booths where polls were conducted.”

“We had received 19 complaints from different parties, which were forwarded to the district municipal election officer (DMEO) for review… After I received reports from the DMEO, along with reports from presiding officers, I found no match between the complaints and reports. Thus, we have rejected any repoll,” he added.

On the report received from the district magistrate of South-24 Parganas — under which KMC falls — regarding poll violence, Upadhyaya said: “The report doesn’t mention any incident of law and order disruption at any booth. Thus, there is no need to hold repoll.”

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Upadhyaya, speaking to mediapersons after the KCM polls on April 18, had said that ideal poll environment was missing, resulting in so many complaints. The very next day, he had taken a U-turn, saying that there was no major disruption of law and order during the polling process.

The Congress, meanwhile, slammed the SEC for deciding against holding repolls. “The state election commissioner should have ignored the DM’s report because he himself had said that the poll process was not entirely peaceful. Upadhyaya has been working very faithfully for the CM. He is spineless and will not dare to negate the CM, who had said that polls were peaceful,” said Congress leader Arunava Ghosh.

Meanwhile, Upadhyay on Tuesday convened a meeting on law and order and deployment of security personnel for the April 25 civic polls in the presence of state Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee and other officials like DGP G M P Reddy, IG (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma, Barrackpore Police Commissionerate CP Niraj Kumar and South 24-Parganas SP Praveen Tripathi.

Upadhyay later said adequate deployment will be made on April 25 polls in 91 civic bodies statewide to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling. “To prevent area domination by the parties, the Commission will not allow any motorbike rally… The entire border of the state with neighbouring countries will be sealed and all government or other guest houses will remain vacant till elections are over,” he added.

Of three companies of central forces available for the civic polls, two companies have been deployed in North-24 Parganas district and the rest in Hooghly district for flag march in sensitive areas, Upadhyay said.

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