Sunday, August 1, 2021

RO is final authority who rejected demand of recounting by TMC in Nandigram: EC

Amid demand of recounting by TMC in Nandigram, Election Commission has clarified that Returning Officer is the final authority in the matter who has rejected the request.

The Commission said, after the counting in this assembly, the election agent of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, who was fighting from this seat, had requested for recount, which was rejected by the RO on the basis of material facts and declared the result.

The poll body said, now, in such a case, only legal remedy is to file an Election Petition before the High Court.

It added that CEO West Bengal and General Observer for the Assembly Constituency have made available a copy of the order of the RO and other relevant materials which never indicated any impurity of counting process.

The poll panel asserted that election related Officers on ground perform in extremely competitive political environment diligently with full transparency and fairness and therefore, attribution of any motive in such cases is not desirable.

Following the media reports on undue pressure over the RO Nandigram, the Commission has directed the State Chief Secretary to provide adequate security to him.

It has also ordered CEO West Bengal to ensure the safe custody of all election records including polled EVM and VVPAT, video recording, statutory papers and counting records strictly in accordance with laid down guidelines.

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