EC Orders Arrest of Tainted Criminals

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Kolkata: The Election Commission on Thursday ordered the administration to nab anti-social elements prior to the 2016 Assembly elections in West Bengal. The Commission has directed the respective DM and SPs of all districts to crack down the criminal elements.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, who arrived at Kolkata yesterday held a crucial meeting with the state Election Commission officials and announced the deployment of central forces during the polls, while addressing media on Thursday.

The Commission said that special focus has been given to sensitive areas in Burdwan, Birbhum and both Midnapore. The CEC has directed the police to submit a list of sensitive and troubled areas. Assuring a fair and free poll Zaidi said, “The Commission is determined to hold a free and fair poll in the state and will protect the rights of voters.”

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Addressing the concern of opposition parties who have blamed that the state police are serving the interest of Trinamool government CEC said, enlisted sensitive polling booths will be monitored by the central forces and state police will be placed out of the 200 meter of polling booths periphery.

Addressing the media, Zaidi also said that the final voter list will be announced on January 5th and around 30 lakh new voters will be enrolled this year.