CEC to meet Jangalmahal DMs today

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi will meet the District Magistrates of three districts of Junglemahal...

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:August 20, 2010 3:34 am

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) S Y Quraishi will meet the District Magistrates of three districts of Junglemahal — Bankura,West Midnapore and Purulia — on Friday where the Maoist violence has affected the revision of electoral roll ahead of the Assembly elections in the state.

Besides,the CEC will also meet District Magistrates from five other districts of South Bengal — East Midnapore,Howrah,Hooghly,South 24-Parganas and Kolkata — where both the ruling Left and Opposition Trinamool have lodged complaints against each other for introducing false names in the voter list.

“It would be a big challenge for the Election Commission (EC) to conducting free and fair polls in the state next year. The law and order situation in most of the districts in south Bengal,including the Maoist-prone districts has become a cause of concern for the EC,” said s senior EC official.

“Publication of a fair electoral roll is one of the most important precondition for a free election. So,the CEC is coming to Bengal to monitor the roll revision process,” the official added.

The revision of the electoral roll was initiated last month. Most of the 5.4 crores voters already have their Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC),but the EC wants to ensure 100 percent EPIC for the Assembly elections in 2011.

“In the Maoist prone areas we want to complete the work on EPIC to ensure free and fair election. In some pockets there are problems but we feel we could overcome this,” said an official.

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