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Election Commission ruled out TMC's demand regarding Ramzan

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 12 2019 7:56PM
Election Commission ruled out TMC's demand regarding Ramzan
Kolkata, 12 March (HS):In a major step Election Commission has ruled out any possibility of suspending the election process and voting during the entire month of Ramzan,as demanded by the Trinamool Congress, saying ''it is impossible to adhere to''. According to state Chief Electoral Officer(CEO)Abid Aftab here, representatives of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal raised the issue during the first All Party meeting and stated that because of some religious commitments of the members of the minority community during the holy month of Ramazan, it would be very difficult for them to cast votes.The Commission should either defer the polling dates or reduce the number of seven phases of polling in Bengal keeping in mind their objection,they pointed out. ''I referred their objection to the Election Commission in New Delhi which has categorically ruled out any such possibility since the Commission had already made it clear that there would be no vote on any Friday between 11 April and 19 May and on the final day of the festival,the CEO said and ruled out the possibility of deferring or cancelling votes for the whole Ramzan month to clear the Commission''s views. Later expressing their strong reservations at the EC''s decision,senior TMC leader and state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said apart from Ramzan ''we also protested against the current timing of the poll in the midst of a hot summer season, but that too was denied by the Commission''. Among their other objections and demands which were discussed at the All Party meeting, Chatterjee said ''though we have committed our full cooperation for holding a free,fair and peaceful elections across the state,we demanded that all Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT) should be counted along with the voting recorded in every Electronic Voting Machine(EVM) in every polling booth''. But we are e awaiting a positive response in this regard from the EC, he said. Now it remains to be seen how the EC would react on the multiple objections raised by TMC and what action they would take to ensure a free,fair and peaceful elections in the Bengal unlike the one held during last year''s three phase Panchayat poll. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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