Kolkata, Apr 11 UNI | 3 months ago

The Election Commission today announced its decision to appoint 'police observers' for each of the 42 seats in West Bengal, to effectively control rising violence in several constituencies during electioneering.

Announcing this, Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Amitrangshu Bhattacharya told reporters here this evening that though the Commission had earlier appointed 17 Police Observers in the state to monitor law and order in as many constituencies following its past record of violence, in today's circumstance, more areas were now required to be brought under its fold for proper and swift action.

He said following reports of increasing incidents of clashes and other forms of violence, it had now been decided that these (17) officers should look after the law and order situation in all 42 constituencies and report to the Commission on daily basis.

"This would go a long way towards fulfilling the Commission's commitment of ensuring a free, fair and peaceful election for every seat," the Assistant CEO pointed out, without going into further details.

(Posted on 11-04-2014)