EC calls for detailed report on disturbance affected areas during Panchayat polls

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has asked the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Bengal to send a detailed report of the pockets that had witnessed disturbance during the last Panchayat polls. The report should be sent within a couple of days.A senior official in the EC said that the report will be matched with the report prepared by their team, which had taken stock of the law and order situation of the state during their recent visit and accordingly start deploying CRPF personnel — the first batch of which is expected to reach the state by Friday or Saturday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe CRPF jawans will be first deployed in the disturbance-affected pockets. As per sources in the office of the Bengal CEO, ten companies of CRPF will be deployed in South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata. A source in the commission said that Deganga in North 24-Parganas, Basanti and Kultali in South 24-Parganas, the bordering areas of Malda, Murshidabad, East Midnapore, Birbhum and Asansol in West Burdwan will witness the deployment first. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We have not yet finalised the total deployment of CRPF for Bengal. They will be coming in phases and will carry out area domination to boost the confidence of voters,” a senior official in CEO’s office said. According to senior officials of the commission, the jawans will directly coordinate with them and as per their instructions, will also send live photographs from their body-mounted cameras. Vulnerability mapping on the part of the commission is still on and is being conducted on the basis of six factors including ‘intimidation of voters’, ‘threat on basis of caste, religion or political identity’, ‘histories of political clashes and tension, ‘margins of previous elections’ and ‘worry lists and complaints from political parties’. “Previously we used to consider the winning margin to determine the vulnerability but this time, we will see the polling percentage and tally it with the last election. If we find that there is a huge gap between the two elections, then we will identify the booths. These factors will be incorporated in mapping the vulnerability,” the official added.last_img

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