West Bengal Panchayat polls: Re-polling at 568 booths underway

West-Bengal11West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) ordered re-polling on May 16 in 568 booths in 19 of 20 districts following demands by Opposition parties and reports of sporadic political violence that claims 26 lives in  the past two days.

The SEC confirms that counting of votes will be held on May 17.

Jhargram is the only district where there would be no re-polling.

SEC official confirms that the re-polling will start at 7 am in the morning and will end at 5 pm.

“Re-polling would be held at booths where alleged rigging, ballot box looting and false voting were reported. We have directed the district administrations to make preparations for the re-polling,” said another SEC officer.

Prime Minister Modi also raised grave concern over horrible political violence that broke out during voting in Panchayat polls in West Bengal.

“It was a matter of grave concern and was against the concept of democracy,” he said.

Partha Chatterjee, the general secretary of the Trinamool Congress, has given a befitting response to PM Modi for his remark. “That the most of the murders and violence have been carried out by the BJP itself,” Chatterjee responded.

In 2013 Panchayat poll, re-polling took place at 21 booths.