Calcutta, Oct. 7: "Temporary" election commissioner Alapan Bandyopadhyay has ruled out the possibility of repolling tomorrow and he did not confirm that votes would be counted on Friday.
"This (the process of assessing the need for repolls) will go on for quite some time. There will be no repolls tomorrow," Bandyopadhyay said this evening.
After flying in from Bhutan this afternoon, Bandyopadhyay spent nearly six hours consulting commission officials, observers and a legal team headed by the commission's standing counsel N.C. Behani and Debanjan Mandal of Fox and Mandal.
"My predecessor had said verbally that there could be repolls tomorrow and counting on Friday. He did not or could not issue a written notification. In the absence of such a notification, there is no compulsion for adhering to that deadline," Bandyopadhyay said.
"We are still in the process of discussion and analysis from a legal standpoint.... Half-baked statements are not in order.... I have to see whether vitiation of the poll process took place or not. It is a very thin line," he said.
"I am not ruling out repolls, nor endorsing the hypothesis. I am simply stating that there will be no repolls tomorrow."