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The Calcutta high court in Kolkata. The opposition has accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of using strong arm tactics ahead of Bengal panchayar polls Poll Body Says "Satisfied" With Security Arrangements For West Bengal Panchayat Polls
Ellis Copeland | 12 May, 2018, 03:47

The strong observations of the bench gain significance in light of the fact that the chief justice of the Calcutta high court will on Tuesday pass verdict on security arrangements for polling scheduled for 14 May. He said that 26,000 seats were won unopposed in the previous elections out of 48,000 candidates only because candidates couldn't file their nomination papers.

The apex court took note of the Calcutta HC order accepting email filing of the nomination and expressed its disapproval.

The SEC had said it had received 340 complaints on the last day of filing of nominations, of which 25 were sent through e-mail.

Producing the papers of over 800 intending candidates, who were allegedly denied the chance to file nominations by "hooligans" at different government offices in the state, CPI-M's counsel Bikash Bhattacharya alleged that the figures provided by the SEC were not true.

Dwivedi said that there is a procedure for further scrutiny of the nomination papers and objection raised by contesting candidates, but the High Court had directed the State Election Commission to straightway accept nominations filed through emails.

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The SEC had moved the top court on Wednesday challenging the high court order contending that it would cause "an irreparable loss and injury" if the order was not stayed. The CPI (M) has claimed that many of its candidates were prevented from filing nominations by Trinamool Congress.

The counting will take place on May 17 and repolling, if any, will be held the day before, SEC secretary Nilanjan Shandilya told reporters here.

The TMC alleged that the three opposition parties-BJP, Left Front and Congress-have ganged up against the ruling party in order to stop the developmental work in the state.

"We are happy that people will be able to cast their vote", Chatterjee added. It directed the SEC that no notification should be issued regarding the result till July 3.

In a landmark Judgment the Calcutta High Court on Thursday introduced an element of accountability among senior Government functionaries responsible for conducting free and fair elections saying violence and loss of lives and property during elections would be compensated by the Government and the officers who submitted status reports on satisfactory law and order situation would be held liable for their reports. "Formation of boards in all three (panchayat) tiers can not be done before August 20 as rural boards can not be dismantled before completion of their full five-year tenure. We will abide by the court order".

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