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'Proper elections don't attract so many complaints'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  19 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, April 18: Facing a plethora of complaints regarding unfair practices including booth capturing in the Kolkata civic polls, the West Bengal State Election Commission on Saturday conceded that a properly conducted democratic exercise doesn't attract so many allegations. "Ideally if the polling is conducted properly, you don't get so much of complaints. We have got complaints regarding booth capturing, booth jamming, false voting and voter intimidation," State Election Commissioner S.R. Upadhyay said hours after the ruling Trimool Congress claimed the polls were "free, fair and peaceful".

Upadhyay said the commission received as many as 60-70 complaints of "unfair and intimidating tactics", mostly from the opposition. With nearly 20, the Bharatiya Jata Party had lodged the maximum complaints. "We have received complaints seeking re-polling. We are looking into them impartially. If found to be correct, obviously re-polling would be held," added Upadhyay.

With only three companies (one company comprises between 135-150 personnel) of central forces made available as against the commission's demand for 50 companies, Upadhyay had earlier expressed his displeasure. (IANS)

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