The Election Fee has mentioned that the Returning Officer (RO) is the “remaining authority underneath the legislation” within the matter of recounting within the Nandigram meeting constituency.
“Sure sections of media have reported concerning the matter of recounting in Nandigram AC. Returning officer (RO) of an meeting constituency performs statutory capabilities underneath the RP Act, 1951 in quasi-judicial capability independently. Whether or not it’s nomination, polling or counting, the RO acts strictly in accordance with the extant electoral legal guidelines, directions and pointers of the ECI,” the ballot physique mentioned.
“On such an software being made the returning officer shall determine the matter and will enable the appliance in entire or partly or might reject it in toto if it seems to him to be frivolous or unreasonable,” it added.
After the counting in Nandigram meeting constituency, the election agent of a selected candidate requested for a recount, which was rejected by the returning officer, via a talking order, on the idea of fabric details obtainable earlier than him and declared the consequence, the ballot physique mentioned. “In such a case, the one authorized treatment is to file an EP earlier than the Excessive Courtroom,” it mentioned.
The ballot company defined the honest means of counting.
“Every counting desk had one micro observer. Their reviews by no means indicated any impurity of counting course of on their respective desk. The RO induced the entries of votes polled by every candidate after every spherical to be written on the show board which might be simply seen by the counting brokers. Little question was raised on the results of round-wise counting. This enabled the RO to proceed uninterruptedly with the counting of votes,” it mentioned.
“As well as, on the pc put in within the Counting Corridor, parallel tabulation work was additionally accomplished in an Excel sheet to counter-check any human error. A duplicate of every of the rounds” outcomes was shared with all of the counting brokers. After each spherical, counting brokers signed the consequence sheets,” it added.
“On the idea of media reviews on undue strain on the RO Nandigram, the fee directed the Chief Secretary West Bengal on three Could 2021 to offer sufficient safety, which State Authorities has now offered,” the EC mentioned.
“The Fee has additional directed CEO West Bengal to make sure the protected custody of all election data together with polled EVM/VVPAT, video recording, statutory papers, counting data, and many others,” it mentioned.
After her defeat in Nandigram, incumbent West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that the Returning Officer of the Meeting seat had mentioned that he was threatened in opposition to recounting of votes.
Ms Banerjee had mentioned: “I obtained an SMS from somebody whereby returning officer of Nandigram has written to somebody that if he permits recounting, then his life can be underneath menace. For 4 hours the server was down. Governor additionally congratulated me. Instantly every thing modified. I’ll transfer courtroom.”
The Trinamool Congress on Sunday wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal searching for “instant re-counting of votes and postal ballots” within the Nandigram constituency.