In front of civic polls in West Bengal, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar State election commissioner Saurabh Kumar Das took steps on Thursday to ensure that there is "no violence and the kind of scenario seen during elections to the panchayat held in May 2018 ”.
"Governor Dhankhar stressed that the State Election Commission as a constitutional body is obliged to guarantee a level playing field for all parties and candidates and to ensure free and fair elections where voters are free to vote, "said a Raj Bhawan press release. The state election commissioner called the governor during the day.
Rural body elections in 2018 were marred by violence.
Mr Dhankhar said that if necessary, Mr Das should "resort to the transfer of officials in order to ensure fair and peaceful elections".
The governor also suggested that the SEC should have "prior engagement with the relevant administrative and police chiefs".
Elections to major civic bodies, including the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Howrah Municipal Corporation, are scheduled to be held in April 2020.