CEC Zaidi assures of free and fair polls in West Bengal

SansadTV Bureau

West Bengal Assembly Elections-2016

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi on Tuesday assured all political parties of a free and fair Assembly poll in West Bengal. West Bengals Assembly polls are scheduled to begin from April 4 and will be held in 6 phases.

The full bench of the Election Commission led by the CEC reached Kolkata Tuesday morning on a two-day visit to the state to review poll preparedness.

The panel listened to the representatives NGO’s and Political parties and briefed poll officials in the state of model code of conduct.

“We will examine representation from Political parties on all complaints ” said Nasim Zaidi, CEC

The opposition CPI(M), Congress and BJP lodged various complaints with the poll panel against the ruling TMC, while demanding measures for free and fair poll.

“We also demanded reinstatement of some officials removed by the ruling party ahead of the polls and removal of hoardings in violation of the Model Code of Conduct,” said CPI (M) leader Rabin Deb.

TMC leader Mukul Roy met Nasim Zaidi and lodged complaint against poll panel’s declaration of six-phase elections in the state.

“It is virtually a seven-phase election, as the first phase poll will be held in two parts on different dates. Then why this camouflage?” Roy asked the CEC.

The CEC would meet the DMs, SPs, other senior officials in the state and media on March 16.

Meanwhile the State Election Commission ordered “immediate removal” of all hoardings and banners across West Bengal depicting the achievements of the Mamata Banerjee government.

The model code of conduct came into force on March 4 following the announcement of polls.

EC has asked officials to take steps to remove banners and hoardings which violate the provisions of the model code, sources said

The Assembly election will be held in six phases, of which the first phase will be in two parts.