People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 26, 2006
the meeting, which the Election Commission held in Kolkata on 21 March with
representatives of political parties, the Bengal CPI (M) communicated its clear
views on considerations of a free-and-fair Assembly election in the province.
Ghosh, a member of the state secretariat of the Bengal CPI (M) led the
delegation at the meeting. The two
other members of the team were state committee members, Robin Deb and Sukhendu
CPI (M) delegation drew attention of the Election Commission to the following
purposes of organisation of big rallies and meetings, vehicles with
permission should be allowed to carry election symbols, festoons, flags,
banners. Such vehicles should
not be restricted in terms of movement and carrying propaganda materials.
In this case, permission for each vehicle from the DEOs is perhaps
not feasible. We seek your
concrete guideline in this regard.
like the Trinamul Congress, the Congress, and the BJP are submitting massive
numbers of fake complaints with the plea of non-residence and Bangladeshis.
We note how even MPís and ex-MPís are not spared on these counts.
We urge upon you to please ensure that genuine voters do not suffer.
The safety clauses for genuine voters, if their names are deleted in
the Supplementary Votersí List, may be elucidated.
request you to ensure that all Election Observers must remain neutral.
We have already drawn your attention to the role being played
otherwise by such Election Observers as Shri Deepak Prasad IAS who is in
charge of the district of Purba Medinipur, and by Shri R N Dash IAS, in
charge of the district of Burdwan. Please
ensure that such kinds of incidents do not recur further.
the last Lok Sabha elections of 2004, the Model Code of Conduct was violated
by some political parties/candidates, and it is our exhortation to you to
ensure that such violation does not take place.
Appropriate urgent intervention to prevent such violation from taking
place is solicited.
urge upon you to ensure that postal ballots are made available in time for
the drivers and staff of the vehicles that are requisitioned for the
vast area of the state falls within the International border zone.
We suggest that the International border may be sealed during the
period of the election. We also
suggest that the inter-state border, too, may be sealed.
per news reports appearing in the media, the election process, delayed by
two hours in any booth, would be stopped. On the day of the poll, it is the duty of the ECI to ensure
that such a situation does not arise.
In case of unavoidable
circumstances, repoll should take place next day, the day on which the election
is scheduled in that constituency.
clarify how the election candidates themselves will be allowed to maintain
guard and vigil at the strong rooms once the polling is over.Ē