Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

State election commission orders repoll in 'record' 573 booths today

State election commission orders repoll in 'record' 573 booths today

"The decision by the poll panel has certainly gone a long way to vindicate Opposition claims of foul play on an unprecedented scale on Monday", said a senior state official.

The State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday ordered re-poll in 572 booths in 19 districts following recommendations of the district magistrates.

It accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of bringing in people from Bangladesh, Assam and Jharkhand with the help of Border Security Force personnel on the polling day to create unrest.

Kolkata: The results of West Bengal panchayat elections will be declared on Thursday. In the polling booths of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Paragana and West Midnapore, security personnel maintained strict vigil on the re-polling process and kept these areas nearly violence-free. Anuj Sharma, a senior state police officer, said violence began nearly as soon as voting got under way in the "panchayat" elections, the most local tier of governance in India.

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Under an order of the Supreme Court, polling took place in around 66% of the seats.

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He said the administration was in the process of ensuring tight security for Wednesday's re-polling between 7am and 5pm. In the 20 zilla parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested. Opposition parties demanded re-polling at over 500 booths following the deaths of at least 14 people in violence during the polls on Monday.

Uttar Dinajpur has the most booths (73) where the re-election will be conducted, followed by Murshidabad (63) and Nadia (60) while Aliporeduar (2) and West Burwan (3) have the least number of booths where repolling will be held.

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In North 24 Parganas, a CPI-M worker was killed during clashes while two others were injured.

Violence was reported from Howrah and Bhangar in South 24 Parganas as well.

Taking note of the incident, the Ministry of Home Affairs also sought a report from the state government regarding incidents of violence during Panchayat Election in the state.

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