EC rejects demand of Oppn to deploy Central forces for nomination filing

first_imgKolkata: The demand of the Opposition parties to deploy Central forces at the time of filing nominations of the candidates has been rejected by the Election Commission officials, as they have decided to conduct the nomination procedure in presence of the state police.The whole process of filing nominations by the candidates for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections would be conducted by the state police force. Various Opposition party leaders had earlier urged the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state to deploy Central forces during the filing of nominations, apprehending trouble. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Opposition parties had argued that during some previous elections, their candidates had been prevented from filing nominations. After assessing the situation, the CEO’s office found that there is no such law and order problem and hence decided that state forces will be guarding the nomination centres. Meanwhile, the Election Commission on Monday issued notification for the first phase of election, which is scheduled to take place on April 11 in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. The last date of filing nominations for the first phase of elections is March 25. A scrutiny of the nominations would be conducted on March 26. According to sources in the CEO’s office, Central forces would conduct route march and area domination in various districts. However, there will be no deployment of the Central forces at the offices where nominations would be filed. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe mock drills of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in various districts would be conducted at all the DEO offices and the CEO’s office on Tuesday and Wednesday. During the mock drills, the election officials will check if the EVMs and the VVPATs are functioning properly. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that seven expenditure observers have been deployed by the Commission for the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections. The total number of complaints received through NGS (ECI) is 361, out of which 287 complaints have already been resolved. Out of the 486 complaints received through NGS (citizens), around 437 have been resolved, whereas out of the 1,139 complaints registered with the C-Vigil mobile application, around 677 were found to be valid and action has been taken by the Commission in this regard.last_img