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    WB polls: EC not partisan, says Official

    Kolkata: The Election Commission office in Kolkata on Monday denied the CPM's allegation of partisanship and expressed confidence that the EC would not find anything to the contrary.

    "We are not concerned about such allegations. I am definite that the Election Commission will not find anything that will prove we are partisan," Additional Chief Electoral Officer, N K Sahana told newsmen.

    On Thursday, CPM state secretary Biman Bose alleged that the Election Commission was acting in a partisan manner and remained inactive to the party's request for protection to those who had returned home in Nandigram.

    In reply to a question, Sahana said that there was a problem in setting up auxiliary booths in some places of Kolkata, especially in the northern parts.

    "Usually, an auxiliary booth is set up when the number of voters in a booth exceeds 1,200. But there is a shortage of rooms in the city, especially in North Kolkata. Earlier, there were talks of setting up booths in parks or mobile booths on vehicles, but that will not happen in this election," he said.

    To a question, Sahana said that those living in the Indian enclaves along Cooch Behar would not be able to vote as "their names do not appear in the voters' list."

    "It is possible that some of them may be registered as voters elsewhere. But there are no registered voters in the enclaves," he said.

    Deputy CEC Vinod Zutshi, who comes to Kolkata on Tuesday, will hold meetings with state CEO Sunil Gupta and later meet officials of the police and state administration, Sahana said.