Mamata has claimed that he didn’t order a recount of votes as he feared for his life
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday requested the West Bengal government to lengthen medical assist and counselling to the Returning Officer (RO) of the Nandigram Assembly constituency in addition to monitor the safety safety supplied to him in view of reported strain being exerted on him.
The ECI’s letter to the State Chief Secretary got here two days after the election outcomes had been introduced on Sunday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress swept the polls, however she misplaced her personal contest in Nandigram to the BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. Ms. Banerjee claimed that RO Kishore Kumar Biswas didn’t order a recount of votes as he feared for his life.
On Monday, the State authorities knowledgeable the ECI that safety had been supplied to the RO and his residence on the instructions of the fee. The ECI requested the Chief Secretary to preserve a strict watch and monitor the safety given to the RO frequently. It directed that the officer be “extended appropriate medical support/counselling”. It requested the Chief Secretary and the Chief Electoral Officer to monitor the preparations for the RO personally and ship a report by 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
The ECI letter stated that any strain or notion of it might have severe implications on your complete election equipment. The CEO had been requested to make sure the secure custody of all election data, together with the EVMs, VVPATs, video recordings, counting data and many others., in accordance with tips.
The solely authorized treatment
In a press release on Tuesday, the Commission stated the election agent of a “particular candidate” had requested for a recount, which was rejected by the RO by way of a talking order on the premise of fabric info earlier than him as per the principles. The solely authorized treatment in such a case was to file an election petition earlier than the High Court.
Taking into consideration the RO’s order and the report of the final observer, the ECI stated every counting desk had one micro observer current on Sunday. “Their reports never indicated any impurity of counting process on their respective table…No doubt was raised on the result of round-wise counting,” it famous.
A replica of the outcomes of every spherical of counting was given to the counting brokers, who then signed the end result sheet after each spherical, it acknowledged.
“Election related officers on ground perform in extremely competitive political environment diligently with full transparency and fairness and therefore attribution of any motive in such cases is not desirable,” it added.