West Bengal panchayat polls: Calcutta HC orders poll panel to announce new dates for filing of nominations

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KOLKATA , APR 20,
The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the West Bengal State Election Commission to announce fresh dates for filing of nominations for panchayat polls.
Polls were earlier scheduled in May first week.
The court cancelled the poll body’s notification that quashed its earlier order of extending the nomination process by one day on April 10 and directed the Commission to issue fresh date for filing of nomination papers
Last week, the court issued a stay on the filing of nominations following allegations of large scale violence by the Opposition parties.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI(M)) leader Rabin Deb said they were “happy” with the order.
Trinamool Congress claimed that the court had accepted their arguments and demands.
The panchayat elections were to be held in three phases from May 1 to May 5 and the counting of votes was scheduled on May 8.
About 5.08 crore electorate or 74 per cent of the electors will vote in the polls.

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