EC to deploy polling officers from outside state in WB

Published on Apr 18, 2004 10:05 PM IST

The Election Commission has decided to deploy at least one polling officer from outside state in Bengal to ensure free and fair polls.

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The Election Commission has decided to deploy at least one polling officer from outside the state in West Bengal to ensure free and fair polls.

People conversant in Bengali from Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Assam would be posted in most of the polling stations in West Bengal as there were complaints about "silent rigging" during polling, EC sources said.

West Bengal, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats, would go to polls on May 10.

The ruling CPI-M yesterday strongly reacted to the Commission's move for "singling" out the State and urged it to make such an induction "an all India norm, or to withdraw the step taken in West Bengal."

 



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