WB Polls: EC Receives 462 Complaints

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Kolkata: Just two hours after voters queued up at polling stations to exercise their franchise in the two parliamentary constituencies of Alipurduar and Cooch Behar in West Bengal on Thursday, the Election Commission received 462 complaints of various nature here.

According to a media report by News18, 462 complaints were received. The EC said that they resolved issues in nearly 436 booths in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar.

The report also mentioned that the nature of complaints was wide ranging. The report quoted Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Sanjay Basu, as, “Allegations of clashes, EVM malfunctioning, lack of basic amenities and deployment of forces were some of the major concerns.” However, he assured that the overall situation was under control. “Polling is underway peacefully”.

BJP candidate from Alipurduar, John Balra, alleged that TMC workers prevented their voters from casting votes at several places, while TMC’s Rabindranath Ghosh complained that his supporters were harassed by BSF personnel and central forces.

In West Bengal, Lok Sabha polls are going to be held in seven phases. A total of 6, 97, 60,868 crore electorate will cast their votes in 78,799 polling booths across the state.

In the first phase, Out of 3,844 polling booths in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar – 533 (including 279 in Cooch Behar and 254 in Aipurduar) will be covered by webcasting.

There are 2,010 polling stations in Cooch Behar (SC) and 1,834 booths in Alipurduar (ST) constituency. Nearly 440 micro observers in Alipurduar and 350 in Cooch Behar were deployed.