KOLKATA: West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday urged the Election Commission to depute central power personnel for accompanying polling officers to the home of aged or differently-abled folks to get their votes, to forestall potential makes an attempt by the “ruling party” 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 properties.
In a letter to Sudeep Jain, the deputy election commissioner accountable for the state, Chowdhury, additionally the chief of the Congress occasion 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 decided to allow the disabled persons and old aged infirm persons to cast votes from their houses instead of attending the election booth. It is learnt that it has been decided to escort the officer by civic volunteers having no arms while going to receive the casting of votes from respective houses of disabled persons.
“Serious apprehension raised in my thoughts that there will likely be manipulation in casting of votes by disabled individuals. Ruling occasion members will dominate the need of the disabled voters and can forged vote in favour of ruling occasion candidates irritating the sensible want of Election Commission,” the letter learn.
To guarantee honest polling, two or extra central power personnel ought to accompany officers going to homes of infirm folks to get their votes, Chowdhury stated.
In the meeting election within the state, the BJP is attempting to dethrone the Trinamool Congress whereas the Mamata Banerjee-led occasion is searching 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.