TMC raises objection against electoral roll revision dates

Aug 31, 2019 ijtbcwii

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has raised its objections over the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) direction for conduction of electoral roll revision in the month of September and October, spanning a period of sixty days.The ruling party has also urged the commission to reconsider the dates, pointing out non-availability of space in doing electoral work, as all the schools in the state will remain open throughout September.Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Bengal Aariz Aftab had called an all-party meeting at his office on Thursday afternoon. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”There will be paucity of space for conducting the process of revision of electoral rolls, with schools remaining open in September. Durga Puja, the greatest festival of the Bengalis, will be held in October and the people of the state will celebrate it in a grand way. So, it will be impossible to effectively get sixty days for the process,” secretary general of Trinamool Congress Partha Chatterjee said after the meeting.Chatterjee said that the process is aimed at ensuring smooth voting, even for the physically challenged and the elderly. “We have urged the CEO to ensure that there are arrangements for ramps and other facilities at the polling booths,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee also raised questions over the objective of convening such a meeting, after fixing the dates without discussion with political parties. “If it is a meeting only to convey ECI’s decision, then it’s of no use to hold a meeting,” he maintained.It may be mentioned that with less than a year to go for the Lok Sabha polls, the ECI has called a meeting of all political parties on August 27.A TMC delegation will attend the meeting and point out their objections in earmarking these two months for conducting electoral roll revisions.Sources in the CEO’s office said that parties like CPI(M) and the Congress have urged the CEO to ensure strong security arrangement for the polls.last_img

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