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Calcutta HC Directs Bengal SEC to Ensure Peaceful and Fair Panchayat Polls, Considers Deployment of Central Forces

  • Posted on June 12, 2023
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  • By Sakshi Gupta
Calcutta HC

In a significant development, the Calcutta High Court has directed the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) to ensure the upcoming panchayat elections are conducted in a peaceful and fair manner. The court has also urged the SEC to consider the deployment of central forces during the polls scheduled to be held on July 8. Furthermore, the duration for filing nominations has been extended to accommodate the demands of opposition parties, including the Congress and the BJP.


The high court's decision comes in response to petitions filed by various political parties seeking enhanced security measures and an extended timeline for the nomination process. With concerns over the potential for violence and malpractice, these parties believed that the presence of central forces would help maintain law and order, ensuring a free and fair electoral process.


Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the Calcutta High Court emphasized the need for peaceful and fair elections, safeguarding the democratic rights of citizens. The court's directive to the SEC to contemplate the deployment of central forces highlights the significance of maintaining a secure environment throughout the electoral process.


In a significant development, the Calcutta High Court has directed the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC)
West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC)

The inclusion of central forces in the panchayat polls would undoubtedly enhance the security measures. Their presence would instill confidence among voters and candidates, enabling them to participate without fear or intimidation. Moreover, the deployment of central forces would serve as a deterrent against any attempts to disrupt the electoral proceedings or engage in unlawful activities.


In addition to considering the deployment of central forces, the high court also addressed concerns regarding the nomination period. Recognizing the need for a fair and inclusive process, the court ordered an extension of the nomination filing deadline. This decision provides potential candidates with ample time to submit their nominations, ensuring a broader participation and representation of voices.


The court has also urged the SEC to consider the deployment of central forces during the polls scheduled to be held on July 8.
Representative image of a voter's finger being marked at the polling booth (photo: Getty Images)

The Calcutta High Court's intervention in ensuring the conduct of peaceful and fair panchayat elections showcases the importance of upholding democratic values and principles. By directing the SEC to consider the deployment of central forces and extending the nomination period, the court has taken steps to address the concerns raised by opposition parties, promoting a level playing field for all participants.


As the preparations for the panchayat elections progress, it is expected that the West Bengal State Election Commission will diligently comply with the court's directives, implementing appropriate measures to ensure the smooth conduct of the electoral process. The deployment of central forces, if approved, would play a crucial role in maintaining law and order, protecting the rights of voters, and upholding the integrity of the democratic process.


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