Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court in a ‘historic’ order has directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to accept the nominations of all the candidates who had submitted their nominations electronically for the West Bengal panchayat polls.
The order by the court has been hailed as “historic” not only by political parties in the Opposition but also by political observers, as it has set a precedent.
This may put an end to possible violence in future as candidates may opt to file nominations without visiting the office of the Returning Officer, the observers said.
The court order says that “…filing of nomination through e-mail invariably prevents large-scale violence centering around the panchayat elections and above all, bloodshed and loss of precious human life,” the court order noted. The court observed that the “right guaranteed to the electorate to exercise its voting right gets substantially enhanced by wider participation of candidates in the election process.”
However, the Supreme Court has stayed the Calcutta High Court order asking the West Bengal State Election Commission to accept nomination papers filed through e-mail for contesting the panchayat elections in the state.
- Inputs from agencies.