West Bengal Panchayat Election 2023 Witnesses Repolling at 697 Booths in 19 Districts Following Instances of Vote-Tampering and Violence

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In a significant development, the State Election Commission (SEC) of West Bengal has announced the decision to conduct re-polling at 697 booths across 19 districts in the aftermath of widespread vote-tampering and violence during the three-tier panchayat elections. The SEC declared the polling in these districts as “void” due to the irregularities observed. The commission convened a meeting on Sunday evening to evaluate the situation and take stock of the reported incidents. The poll results, originally scheduled to be announced earlier, are now anticipated to be declared on July 11. The delay in the announcement is attributed to the need for re-polling in the affected booths, ensuring a fair and transparent electoral process.

The SEC’s decision aims to address the grievances and concerns raised regarding the integrity of the election. Tragically, the panchayat elections were marred by outbreaks of violence, leading to the unfortunate loss of at least 19 lives. The incidents occurred in various districts of both north and south Bengal, including Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Malda, Howrah, South 24 Parganas, and East Burdwan. Among the casualties was a TMC worker who succumbed to injuries sustained in a bomb explosion at Sitalkuchi in the Cooch Behar district.

These instances of violence and vote-tampering have raised concerns about the fairness and safety of the electoral process. The SEC’s decision to conduct re-polling reflects its commitment to upholding democratic principles and ensuring that every vote counts. By declaring the polling “void” in the affected districts, the commission aims to rectify the discrepancies observed and restore faith in the electoral system. The re-polling process will serve as an opportunity for eligible voters in the affected booths to exercise their democratic rights again, free from interference and violence.

It will also allow for a more accurate reflection of the will of the people in these districts. With the new poll results set to be announced on July 11, there is anticipation and hope that the re-polling will restore the integrity and credibility of the election. The SEC’s diligent efforts to address the concerns raised during the three-tier panchayat elections are crucial for maintaining the democratic fabric of West Bengal. The focus now remains on ensuring a peaceful and fair electoral process that truly represents the will of the people.

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