The Election Commission had directed that security be provided to the returning officer for Nandigram.
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Tuesday stated all inputs and reviews out there with it relating to counting in Nandigram meeting constituency confirmed that the returning officer had adopted all counting protocols and his rejection of the Trinamool agent’s demand for a recount was in keeping with the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961.
Noting that election-associated officers on the bottom carried out in a extremely aggressive political atmosphere with diligence, full transparency and equity, the EC stated “attribution of any motive in such cases is not desirable”. The fee’s response got here within the wake of TMC questioning the counting course of in Nandigram and Mamata Banerjee, who misplaced to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, alleging that the returning officer had not ordered a recount as “he feared for his life”.
The West Bengal authorities on Monday knowledgeable the EC that it has, on the latter’s instructions, provided security to the Nandigram returning officer each in individual, with two private security officers assigned for the job, and at his residence. The EC on Tuesday additionally directed that he be provided medical help and counselling.
The EC wrote to the West Bengal chief secretary directing that officers performing election obligation be given due safety as “any pressure or harm or even perception or furtherance of any such narrative shall have serious implications on the entire machinery deployed during elections”.
As per Rule 63 of Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, a returning officer upon receiving a recount request can permit it in complete or partly or could reject if it seems to him frivolous or unreasonable.