Central forces not to camp at schools: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Tuesday said that central and other paramilitary forces would not be allowed to camp inside schools where booths would be set up for the upcoming polls in West Bengal.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 00:09 AM IST

Kolkata: Chief Election Commissioner SY
Quraishi on Tuesday said that central and other paramilitary forces
would not be allowed to camp inside schools where booths would
be set up for the upcoming polls in West Bengal.

"The central and other paramilitary forces will not be
allowed to camp inside schools for days since this will affect
the functioning of the educational institutions", Quraishi
said at an interactive session at the Merchants` Chamber of
Commerce here.

The forces would be allowed to enter school premises
only during poll time and they would leave the place once the
process was over, he said.

On requisition of private cars and two-wheelers for
poll duty, he said that since conduct of elections required
huge logistics support, there was no alternative to the
Election Commission but to requisition them only as the last
resort.

Stating that EVMs cannot be tampered with, the
Commission was contemplating commissioning a paper trail to
impart more transparency, Quraishi said.

Commenting on the conduct of contestants outside West
Bengal and a few other states, he said that 25 to 40 per cent
of the legislators were having criminal background.

"This is a shame" and government should disqualify
them if their court cases were running for more than five
years till pendency of the trial, he said.

PTI