EC asks WB voters to cast their ballot `without fear`

As West Bengal goes to polls tomorrow, the Election Commission appealed to the voters to cast their ballot "without fear" and "inducement".

New Delhi: As West Bengal goes to polls
tomorrow, the Election Commission on Sunday appealed to the voters
to cast their ballot "without fear" and "inducement".

The state, known for political violence, will go for a
six-phased assembly elections from tomorrow. The first phase
will cover 54 of the 294 constituencies with 97.42 lakh voters
expected to exercise their franchise.

With several parts affected by Maoists activities, the
state will have elections on April 18, 23, 27, May 3, 7 and
10, in perhaps the longest ever in the state.
In its appeal, the EC said its machinery has worked
day and night over the last many months "to make it possible
for each one of you to vote freely and fairly. We have tried
to make this a simple and friendly experience too. Now it is
your duty to exercise your franchise".

Asking the electorate to go by their "conscience", the
EC asked them to "vote without fear. Vote without any
inducement".
The panel reminded the voters not to forget to carry
their Election Photo Identity Card to the polling booth or
other authorised identity documents.

PTI

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