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State election commission orders repoll in 'record' 573 booths today

West-Bengal11 West Bengal Panchayat Election Result 2018 Live Updates: Will Trinamool Congress sweep polls? Counting today
Kenny Thornton | 17 May, 2018, 00:12

The State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday ordered re-poll in 572 booths in 19 districts following recommendations of the district magistrates. The total percentage of poll was finally put at 82.13, according to the election commission.

On Wednesday, the Union home ministry asked the West Bengal government to provide a second detailed report on the violence during the polls after it found the initial report sent by the Mamata Banerjee-led government "sketchy".

Condemning the violence, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said that panchayat polls have cemented the grave of democracy in West Bengal. The repolling will end at 5pm and the counting will take place on May 17. In the polling booths of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Paragana and West Midnapore, security personnel maintained strict vigil on the re-polling process and kept these areas nearly violence-free.

Voting for the rural bodies in West Bengal was to be held on May 1, 3 and 5, but as the nomination process started in April, it was rescheduled to May 14 by the SEC following a Calcutta High Court order to extend the nomination deadline and announce a fresh polling date.

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The state Congress unit is also likely to file a contempt petition against state election commissioner, director general of police and additional director general of police. In the 20 zilla parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested.

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Various reports of violence were reported from some parts, with Rapid Action Force (RAF) and police personnel charging on the crowd. Some people are saying that it's a battle of survival for the Left and Congress; the BJP hopes to put up a fight and establish itself as the main opposition party. In South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore and South Dinajpur districts, re-polling will be held at 26, 23 and 35 booths, respectively.

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