Govt,poll panel to discuss panchayat elections today

The State Election Commission is keeping its options open for a review petition with regard to the judgment delivered by the Calcutta High Court yesterday on panchayat polls in the state.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 16, 2013 2:03:47 am

The State Election Commission is keeping its options open for a review petition with regard to the judgment delivered by the Calcutta High Court yesterday on panchayat polls in the state.

Although the SEC is proceeding towards holding the election,commission officials said today they are yet to decide on the legal steps.

A senior SEC official said,“On Thursday the commission will hold a meeting with state government officials at which the chief secretary and panchayat secretary will be present. Issues of force deployment and election dates will be discussed.” SEC commissioner Mira Pandey and SEC secretary Tapas Roy will also be present.

SEC officials made it clear that the commission agreed on the points raised by their counsel Samaraditya Pal,who had stated that “no consent was taken” before the judgment was delivered.

“We agree with the points raised by our advocate. We will decide the matter later. Discussion is on with our counsels. There are several alternatives and several options to decide,” said a senior official of SEC.

He added that the SEC is yet to decide if it will move the apex court. However,the commission has started preparations for holding the elections as per the Calcutta High Court order.

Fresh booth list?

Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee today questioned the authority the State Election Commission on preparing a list of booths for panchayat elections based on their relative sensitivity and said the government would draw a fresh list. “The list of sensitive booths cannot be finalised by the SEC only. We want to hold polls by July 5. But if the commission again moves court,the responsibility of delaying the poll will have to be borne by the SEC and not the state government,” he said.

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