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WB Panchayat Polls: SC stays Calcutta HC’s order

Supreme Court directs West Bengal poll panel to not declare results of candidates who have won unopposed in the Panchayat elections, notes with concern that 17000 candidates fall in the category, stays the order of Calcutta HC to accept nomination papers filed via e-mail.

The Court has noted with concern the fact that over a large number of candidates in Panchayat elections in West Bengal have won the election unopposed.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra took note of the fact that almost 17,000 candidates have won the panchayat polls unopposed and directed the state poll panel not to declare them as winners.

The apex court said the fact that 34 per cent of the candidates have won the election unopposed, “are worrying.”

It stayed the Calcutta High Court order asking the West Bengal State Election Commission to accept nomination papers filed through e-mail.

Court further asked the state poll panel to ensure “free and fair” panchayat elections on May 14 in the state.

The filing of nomination process for the panchayat polls was marred by violence incidents with opposition parties alleging that the Trinamool workers did not allow other party candidates to file their papers.

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