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Election Commission Removes Officers From 8 Kolkata Constituencies For Alleged Bias



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Bengal Elections: Election Commission has eliminated returning officers of eight constituencies in Kolkata

Kolkata:

The Election Commission has eliminated returning officers of eight constituencies in Kolkata which is able to go to the polls within the final two phases of the West Bengal meeting elections on April 26 and 29, an official stated at this time.

New officers have already been appointed within the Chowringhee, Entally, Bhowanipur, Beliaghata, Jorasanko, Shyampukur, Kashipur-Belgachia and Kolkata Port meeting segments, he stated.

Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab described the switch of the eight returning officers “as a routine move since they had held their posts for more than three years”.

Sources within the Election Commission advised information company Press Trust of India that complaints have been acquired towards the officers for allegedly favouring the ruling Trinamool Congress.

Kolkata Port meeting constituency will vote on April 26 and the elections to different seven seats shall be held on April 29.

“Returning officers play an important role in the election process, and the norm of transferring officers was followed in these cases,” the official of the ballot panel stated.

The Election Commission had not too long ago eliminated three officers, together with the returning officer of the Ballygunj meeting constituency within the metropolis.
 

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