Monday, 21 May, 2018

WB Panchayat elections: Re-polling underway in 568 booths

West Bengal Panchayat Election Result 2018 Live Updates: Will Trinamool Congress sweep polls? Counting today West Bengal panchayat polls: Counting of votes to begin amid fears of more violence
Ellis Copeland | 17 May, 2018, 00:11

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

Polling was high with as much as 82.13% of the electorate turning up to cast their vote, according to a statement issued by the state election commission.

On Wednesday, the Union home ministry asked the West Bengal government to provide a second detailed report on the violence during the polls after it found the initial report sent by the Mamata Banerjee-led government "sketchy".

He said two Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) workers died in Nandigram in East Midnapore district and a Jharkhand Disom Party worker died in Kushmundi of South Dinajpur.

The repolls were held following reports of widespread violence during panchayat polls on May 15 which had claimed at least 12 lives.

The voting took place for 621 zilla parishads, over six thousand panchayat samitis, and almost 31 thousand gram panchayats.

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Some reports are saying that Voter turnout in West Bengal panchayat poll till 5 pm is 72.5%.

Sporadic incidents of violence took place in South and North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts late on Monday.

Of the 58,000-plus seats in the state, more than 38,000 were up for contest. Contempt petitions should be issued against concerned police officers as their inaction on the polling day amounted to intervention with the administration of the court's order.

Elections were held in 622 zila parishads and 6,158 panchayat samitis, besides 31,836 gram panchayats of the state.

Declaring re-polls in 573 booths was not easy for the commission as the state government did not want to give its nod to such a large number. Workers of these parties were killed. At least 24 people were killed in violence during and after the elections.

Tension erupted in Raiganj in North Dinajpur district where mutilated body of a polling officer Rajkumar Roy was recovered from the rail tack. The decision came after post-poll scrutiny of reports of political violence that marred the polling across the state.

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