SEC Approves State Proposal, Polling On May 14 & Counting On May 17

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Kolkata: Bengal panchayat polls to be held in a single phase. State Election commission has approved the state’s proposal and published new notification on Panchayat election. SEC notified that polling will be held on May 14 and counting on May 17.

The West Bengal government on Thursday sent a proposal on the dates of the upcoming Panchayat polls to the state election commission. According to the sources, the government has proposed a single-phase polling on May 14 and counting on May 16.

Earlier, dates issued by the State Election Commission was postponed by the Calcutta High court. The move of High court came after the Opposition parties led by BJP, Congress and the Left had approached the court for the extension of the last date of filing nomination. The opposition parties claimed their nominees failed to reach the office of SDO and BDO to file papers due to violence by goons of ruling Trinamool Congress.

As per an earlier circular of WBSEC, the panchayat election in the state was scheduled to take place in three phases on May 1, 3 and 5 and the counting of votes was scheduled on May 8. After the direction of the High court to announce new dates, the Commission on April 21, 2018, notified April 23 as the last date for filing nominations. The last date for scrutiny is April 25 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 28, 2018. The SEC has, however, not announced the polling date.

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