Returning officer has final say in matter of recounting of votes, ECI clarifies

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No election shall be called in question except by an election petition presented in accordance with the provisions of this Part

The Election Commission of India on Tuesday took cognisance of media reports on recounting at Nandigram assembly constituency in West Bengal, to clarify that the returning officer appointed by the poll panel is the final authority under the law to decision on such matter.

“Whether it is nomination, polling or counting, the RO acts strictly in accordance with the extant electoral laws, instructions and guidelines of the ECI,” the ECI said in a statement.

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