5 State polls: Election Commission announces dates

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    5 State polls: Election Commission announces dates

    A six-phase Assembly elections in West Bengal, a two-stage poll in Assam and a single-day poll in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry were on Tuesday announced by the Election Commission, setting in motion the largest such exercise after the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

    West Bengal will have elections in six phases on April 18, 23, 27, May 3, 7 and 10, in perhaps the longest ever in the State.

    Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will go to polls on April 13, Assam’s two-phase poll is scheduled on April 4 and 11.

    Counting of votes in all the five States will take place on May 13.
    The model code of conduct has come into force immediately, Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said announcing the schedule.

    While West Bengal has 294 Assembly constituencies, Tamil Nadu has 234, Kerala 140, Puducherry 30 and Assam 126.

    The elections are the first battle of the ballot in the new year and would involve over 14.39 crore electorate in the five States with West Bengal having the largest number of over 5.60 crore electors followed by Tamil Nadu 4.59 crore.

    While Kerala has 2.29 crore electors, Assam 1.81 crore and Puducherry is just over 8 lakh. Polling will be held through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS).

    Ground realities forced six-phase polls: CEC
    Asked as to why the EC has gone in for a six-phase poll in West Bengal, the CEC said that a decision was taken keeping in view the “ground realities”. The EC had already sent two teams to the State to study the law and order situation.

    On reports that 100 companies of Central Paramilitary forces have been made available for the conduct of elections, he said that the EC never discloses the forces it has and the government has assured adequate forces for ensuring free and fair polls.

    A highlight this time is that Overseas Indians could exercise their franchise in person and instructions have been issued to facilitate their voting.

    There have been elections only to few States since the last Lok Sabha polls including those in Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Haryana in 2009 and Bihar in 2010.
     
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    does model code of conduct include the budget of state and the central governments?
     
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    I think the code of conduct doesn't apply to Central govt. budget but for state govt. budget it will definitely apply. So, any new populist budget sops in the sates will not be allowed and there is precedent for such cases.
     
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    Assam goes to polls :pound:
    The most corrupt state in India!
     
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    In all of the above states it is going UPA way may be except Tamilnadu which is a toss-up between ADMK-allies or DMK-allies depending on the configuration of alliances that are going to be patched up.
     
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    but dd what if the finance minister and railway minister happen to be from one of the states that were to go to the polls, wont they then misuse the opportunity?
     
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    /\/\/\ Ritesh those conduct are just on paper. Come elections, and everybody misuses them.
     
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    But both Railway and Finance budget is already done, so, its not going to matter anyways.

    I have just checked the EC model code of conduct for parties and candidates and this is what it says about the ruling party

    So, I was wrong. The code of conduct also applies to the central govt.
     
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    Why is bengal going to vote in six phases and others in just one. What stops the EC from conducting polls in bengal in just one phase. I expect a very bloody election there. The faster it is conducted the better. Six phases means a lot of violence to influence vote. Commies won't give away power easily as that has been the trend. All possible means will be tried.
     
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    yusuf,

    they anyways have enough time to intimidate the voters something that has been happening for a pretty long time with WB as good as a battle field today and so has been the case for the past many months so it would be better it is done in various phases with as much security as possible otherwise there will be too much bloodshed.
     
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    You can look at it that way and I too had that in mind about concentrating on smaller pockets for security, but I still feel one phase poll would have better. Its not that the whole country that is going to polls. I think there are enough central forces to take care.
     
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    Yusuf If you are an IPS officer stationed in the great bengal circus you would be having a sigh of relief for the polls being conducted in 6 phases
     
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    Central forces will be deployed JP. There is going to be no shortage of security personnel. I am worried that a protracted poll schedule will lengthen the violence. I sure do hope I am proved wrong.
     
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    Who is gonna do the vigilance in one single phase in such a violent state.The Central forces are deployed according to the Local SP's advice me thinks.We cannot prevent violence there but we can only try to reduce it as much.Frankly I pity the individuals who get West Bengal Cadre IPS
     
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    JP,

    has WB become one of the worst in terms of security, worse than bihar of lalu days?
     
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    We know the enemy in Lalu's case, it's his cronies.Where as in West Bengal Maoists,Commie Cadre and TMC cadre all armed to the teeth.In case of an incident whom will you arrest .In Bengal the only individuals who will be on the recieving end will be the poor cops
     
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    I presume the EC is worried that in WB, both the contenders the Left and the TMC are capable of organising a bloodbath.

    Both are equally irresponsible and power hungry and totally unscrupulous!
     
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    Lost in applause: poll officer who pushed voter’s button


    April 18: Bengal passed the first day of the election test with flying colours, braving sun and rain to clock an impressive turnout, little violence and high praise for the Election Commission. ​
    But a seemingly innocuous transgression shed light on a subject that will have a bearing on around 10 lakh voters in the state.​
    A presiding officer has been charged with accompanying a visually impaired lady into the polling booth and casting her vote in violation of rules. The officer — a teacher — was also accused of turning away the voter’s nephew who should have been allowed to escort her and help her cast the vote since she was not familiar with Braille.​
    In the resultant uproar, polling was held up for more than an hour in the booth at Gangarampur subdivision in South Dinajpur, about 400km from Calcutta. The officer was eventually replaced but allegations were levelled that he had punched the button for two other elderly voters earlier in the day.​
    The presiding officer, Sunil Sarkar, was not available for comment.​
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    Phulti Roy, the visually challenged lady aged around 60, said she had gone to the primary school with her nephew, Samar Roy, 24. “But I was told by the officer that there was no need for my nephew to enter the booth and he would help me,” she said. ​
    The presiding officers’ handbook issued by the Election Commission specifically states that “you shall ensure that none of your polling staff acts as a companion to the blind elector to record vote” on his or her behalf.​
    Bengal’s joint chief electoral officer Dibyendu Sarkar said: “Under no circumstances must a presiding officer or any other polling official be a companion.”​
    According to the rules, a person with disabilities can take “a companion of not less than 18 years of age to the voting compartment for recording the vote” in accordance with the voter’s wishes.​
    Since the nephew was above 18, he should have been allowed to accompany the lady. ​
    A person can accompany only one voter to any polling station on the same day. Sources said they were not aware of Samar having accompanied any other voter during the day.​
    The companion to the voter will have to declare in a prescribed form that the vote recorded will be kept a closely guarded secret and he or she has not already accompanied another voter to a polling station on the same day.​
    If the voter is Braille-trained, the vote will have to be cast without a companion.​
    Trinamul leaders said there was no guarantee that the officer had voted for the candidate chosen by the lady. ​
    One vote is unlikely to change the outcome but that does not mean voters’ rights can be violated. Around 10 lakh voters in Bengal are estimated to be visually impaired.​
    Officials said Sarkar, the presiding officer, would be issued a showcause. “If he can establish that he committed the act in good faith, he will be off the hook. If proven guilty, his department will act according to its own rules,” said an official.​
    But organisations working with the disabled pointed out that the incident was a testimony to indifference. “We feel there was not enough campaign by the Election Commission to raise awareness among blind voters. We have not seen any initiative from the commission to guide the blind voters,” said Kanchan Gaba, honorary secretary of the National Association for the Blind.​
    The organisation had written to the commission. “We were told that proper training was provided to the presiding officers. But then the question remains who gave the training and whether they themselves were trained to handle the blind,” she said.​
    Joint chief electoral officer Sarkar said that “we have stressed on the issue repeatedly while training” the poll staff. ​
    However, Nirvachan Sadan officials in Delhi said “a lot” remained to be done. “There is a lot more we need to do in order to make all booths disabled-friendly,” an official said in Delhi. “We will try to do more on this front in the five phases that remain in Bengal.”​
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    Political activists also do not seem to be aware of the precise process. Badal Malakar, the Gangarampur block Trinamul Congress president, said many of his party’s polling agents were not aware of the exact procedures.​
    The response of the CPM, too, strengthened the perception. “We are making enquiries and finding out if the presiding officer can assist a blind voter or not,” said Sitaram Kisku, the CPM zonal committee secretary of Gangarampur.​

     
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    [​IMG] The Great Indian Ingenuity was at work outside a polling booth at Bangalbari in north Bengal’s Raiganj to beat the sun on Monday. Voters sought shelter in the shade of trees but marked their places in the queue by leaving behind their footwear. But the fierce sun gave way to rain and thundershowers in the afternoon, sparing the last few batches of voters the heat. Picture by Nantu Dey
     
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    Because it is a contest between a quixotic and unpredictable coot vs the Goons of yore!
     

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