Mamata claimed he did not order a vote recount because he feared for his life

The Indian Election Commission (ECI) on Tuesday called on the West Bengal government to provide medical support and advice to the returning officer (RO) of the Nandigram Assembly constituency as well as to monitor his security protection. provided because of the pressures that would be exerted. on him.

The ICE letter to the chief secretary of state arrived two days after the election results were announced on Sunday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress swept the polls, but she lost her own contest in Nandigram to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. Ms Banerjee claimed that RO Kishore Kumar Biswas did not order a recount of the votes because he feared for his life.

On Monday, the state government informed the ECI that security had been provided to the RO and his home on the commission’s instructions. The ICE asked the Chief Secretary to closely monitor and regularly monitor the protection afforded to the DS. He ordered the officer to receive “appropriate medical advice and support.” He asked the secretary general and the chief electoral officer to personally monitor the arrangements for the DS and send a report before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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The ICE letter indicated that any pressure or perception of it would have serious implications for the entire electoral mechanism. The CEO had been asked to keep all electoral records, including EVMs, VVPATs, video recordings, count records, etc., in accordance with the guidelines.

The only legal remedy

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Commission said that a ‘particular candidate’ election official had requested a recount, which was rejected by the RO via a speaking order based on material facts before it in accordance with to the rules. The only legal recourse in such a case was to file an election petition in the High Court.

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Considering the order of the RO and the report of the general observer, the ECI said that each counting table had a micro observer present on Sunday. “Their reports never indicated any impurity of the counting process on their respective table… No doubt was raised about the outcome of the round count,” he noted.

A copy of the results of each counting round was given to the counting officers, who then signed the results sheet after each round, he said.

“Election officers in the field exercise diligently in a highly competitive political environment, with full transparency and fairness, and therefore attribution of any grounds in such cases is not desirable,” he said. added.

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