People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 05, 2006
Bengal CPI(M) Moots Proposal To The EC
Polling Booth Location
IN a letter addressed to the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal, Anil Biswas has mooted a proposal regarding the location of a polling booth.
Election Commission has earlier spoken about relocation of polling stations that
fall within 200 metres of the offices of political parties and trades union.
Biswas pointed out in his letter dated February 21 that once the booths were
shifted away from their present locations, the voters would have to travel
additional distances and that this would cause inconvenience to the voters.
the view that the Election Commission surely wants the polling stations to be
close to the dwelling places of the voters, the Bengal CPI(M) has come up with a
specific proposal in this regard.
Biswas points out in his letter that the polling booths should be retained in
their present locations and that the offices of political parties and trades
union, if situated within 200 metres of the booths, could be kept closed from
the time the election campaign ends until the end of the polling.
An exception here could be the state-level and district-level offices of
the six national political parties and three state-level political parties.
Biswas also notes that in view of the Election Commissionís earlier memo that
relaxed the 200-metre rule for congested urban areas for the setting up of camp
offices of the candidates in the fray, the same relaxation could be applied for
offices of political parties as well. The
Election Commission, if it so desires, states Anil Biswas in his letter, can
nominate personnel to maintain a watch in this regard.
a media briefing at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan in the afternoon of February 27,
Anil Biswas, while releasing the letter, repeated what he had been saying in a
consistent manner that the CPI(M) would always adhere to the directives of the