People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 23, 2006
usual hue-and-cry indulged in by the Bengal opposition notwithstanding, the
notion of a re-poll has not been entertained at the official level after the
first phase polls were over.
Election Commission has noted that nothing untoward had happened during the poll
day to merit a re-poll. Voters cast
their ballots in 5460 booths in the three districts of Midnapore west, Bankura,
and Purulia on the first day of the five-phase poll in Bengal.
estimation done by the state’s election department reveals that just under 81
per cent of the electorate has exercised their franchise on the first day of the
Bengal assembly elections.
full bench of the Election Commission in Delhi then went through the concerned
documents sent up from Bengal and opined that nothing warranted re-poll in the
state. Re-polls were held in just
two booths in the Jhalda constituency in Purulia where the electronic voting
machines had malfunctioned.
a statement, the Bengal Left Front has expressed its surprise at the kind of
noises being made from certain quarters to frown on the high rate of polling
experienced during the first phase of the polls.
Bengal Left Front has pointed out that 97 per cent of the voters in Bengal are
equipped with electoral photo identity cards (EPIC).
cameras were in operation in the booths themselves to prepare EPICS for those
few who did not have them.
has been heard anywhere that a voter’s franchise has been exercised by a
Bengal Left Front is of the firm opinion that any talk about re-polling based on
‘high’ percentage of votes cast would serve to undermine the basis of
the Supreme Court has rejected a case preferred by Trinamul Congress leader
Dinesh Trivedi and two others asking for setting aside the results of the 2004
parliamentary polls in Bengal when 35 seats were in the fray.
The basis of the allegation was a so-called unpublished report of an
briefly at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan on April 19, the Bengal Left Front has
appealed to everybody concerned to also make the rest of the phases of the
assembly elections in the state, free, fair, and peaceful.
the meanwhile, the Trinamul Congress chieftain has gone on record to state that
everybody should ‘wait for the day when the votes would be actually
counted,’ and that ‘then they would get a big surprise,’ not caring to
elaborate on this decidedly quixotic quip.