Kolkata: Calcutta High Court quizes that Why Can’t SEC Extend Bengal Poll Nomination Date?
The Calcutta High Court, during the hearing of the rural poll petition on Wednesday, raised a question that is going to determine the fate of the announced poll schedule beginning 1 May.
Justice Subrata Talukdar wanted to know from Trinamool’s Kalyan Banerjee why the state election commission (SEC) can’t extend the date of nomination for polls when it did so on 9 April.
An extension of the nomination date will require the state poll panel to scrap rural elections on 1,3 and 5 May and draw up a fresh poll schedule because there has to be a minimum 21-day gap between the last date of nominations and the poll date.
Banerjee said the poll panel can’t do so without a valid reason. The court has extended the stay on the election process until it takes up the matter for hearing for the third consecutive day on Thursday.