Constitutional Body

The West Bengal State Election Commission is an independent consitutional authority established under the provision of Article 243k of the constitution of India and suplemented by the provision of West Bengal State Election Commission Act, 1994.  We conduct elections to Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, Zilla Parishads, Panchayat Samities and Gram Panchayats. 

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Appointment and tenure of the Commissioner

The State Election Commissioner is appointed by the Governor of the West Bengal. He has tenure of 3 years or upto the age of 65 years whichever is earlier.The State Election Commissioner can be removed from his office in the like manner and on the like grounds as a Judge of a High Court.The salary and perks available to the State Election Commissioner are determined by the Governor. But the conditions of service cannot be varied to his disadvantage after his appointment.  

Transaction of Business

The State Election Commission being a single Member Commission takes all decisions with the aid and assistance of the Officials of the Secretariat of the Commission.  

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Budget and Expenditure

The Commission receives fund for maintenance of its office from the Home Department of the State Government. Fund for actual conduct of elections of Panchayat and Municipal Bodies are, however, provided in the budget of the respective Departments .  

Election Schedule

The day of poll is decided by the State Government in consultation with the Commission. After fixation of the date of poll the Commission appoints the dates for various stages of election such as last date for making nominations, date for the scrutiny of nominations, date for the withdrawal of candidatures, date of Poll etc. for conduct of elections in respect of  Panchayat and Municipal Bodies. The Commission also decides on the location of the Polling Stations, assignment of voters to the Polling Stations, location of Counting Centers, arrangement to be made in and around Polling Stations and Counting Centers and all other related matters.  

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Political Parties and State Election Commission

Political Parties are registered with the Election Commission of India. There is no separate system of recognizing or registering any Political Party by the State Election Commission as a State Political Party. The Political Parties recognized by the Election Commission of India as National or State Political Party are allowed to take part in Municipal and Panchayat Elections. In respect of allotment of symbols to the candidates sponsored by such Political parties, principles adopted by the Election Commission of India are followed by the State Election Commission. In respect of Panchayat Elections the State Election Commission may, however, give recognition to a Political Party not recognized by the Election Commission of India as local Political Party in respect to a sub-division of a district.