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The Constitution of India has vested in the State Election Commission of the respective State the superintendence, direction and control of the entire process for conduct of elections to the Panchayats and Municipal Bodies. This State has a tradition of holding elections to the Local Bodies regularly in accordance with the provisions of the respective State Acts and Rules made thereunder.There are, at present, 825 Zilla Parishad constituencis spread over 20 Zilla Parishads and 1 Mahakuma Parishad, 9240 Panchayat Samiti constituencis in 341 Panchayat Samitis and 48751 Gram Panchayat Constituencies in 3354 Gram Panchayats. There are 7 Municipal Corporations and 119 Municipalities in West Bengal