SEC Moves SC Against HC’s Order On E-Nomination

Supreme Court

Kolkata: State Election Commission (SEC) on Wednesday moves Supreme Court against Culcutta High Court’s order on E-Nomination.

Earlier, The Calcutta High court on Tuesday directed the State Election Commission to accept the nominations of candidates who have filed it online. The court also asked the SEC to accept the nominations which were filed till 3 pm on April 23, 2018. A division bench of the court led by Justice B Somadder and A Mukherjee also asked the poll body to accept the valid nominations.

The move comes after the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had filed a petition before the court after its candidates failed to reach the BDO and SDO office for filing nominations. The party had filed around 800 nominations through e-mail.

On Monday, the High court had directed the State Election Commission to submit the details of complaints filed by the candidates over not being able to file nominations for the rural polls within the night. The poll panel had told the court that it received only 25 nominations through e-mail on April 23.

Last week, the High Court had refused to interfere in the upcoming West Bengal panchayat poll but came down hard on the State Election Commission (SEC), asking it to function in a neutral manner.

The division bench of the High Court led by Justice B Somadder and Justice A Mukherjee said that they will not interfere with the dates announced by the State Election Commission. However, the court pulled up the state poll body and reminded it of its duties and warned the commission to take the order as a wake-up call.