KOLKATA: West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday urged the Election Commission to depute central pressure personnel for accompanying polling officers to the home of aged or differently-abled individuals to get their votes, to forestall doable makes an attempt by the “ruling celebration” to control voting.
The Election Commission has made provisions for voting by postal poll for residents above 80 years of age and individuals with incapacity from the consolation of their houses.
In a letter to Sudeep Jain, the deputy election commissioner in command of the state, Chowdhury, additionally the chief of the Congress celebration within the Lok Sabha, stated that the choice of the ballot panel to depute an unarmed civic volunteer needs to be modified.
“The Election Commission has determined to permit the disabled individuals and outdated aged infirm individuals to solid votes from their homes as an alternative of attending the election sales space. It is learnt that it has been determined to escort the officer by civic volunteers having no arms whereas going to obtain the casting of votes from respective homes of disabled individuals.
“Serious apprehension raised in my thoughts that there shall be manipulation in casting of votes by disabled individuals. Ruling celebration members will dominate the desire of the disabled voters and can solid vote in favour of ruling celebration candidates irritating the clever need of Election Commission,” the letter learn.
To guarantee honest polling, two or extra central pressure personnel ought to accompany officers going to homes of infirm individuals to get their votes, Chowdhury stated.
In the meeting election within the state, the BJP is making an attempt to dethrone the Trinamool Congress whereas the Mamata Banerjee-led celebration is looking for to return to energy for the third time in a row. Three of the eight phases of polling have been accomplished within the state.