Elections in India: Major Events and New Initiatives by Election Commission of India

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32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. MMS PJP RPI RPI(S) SHS THMM TLJ TNHVYK TNKMI TNMC TZP UCPI Total 1 1 5 2 0 0 13 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 94 1 0 0 INDEPENDENTS 39. IND 3857 1 Total 3857 1 Grand Total 5017 234 27 GENERAL ELECTION TO LOK SABHA, 1996 WEST BENGAL Seats Party Contested NATIONAL PARTIES 1. AIIC(T) 2. BJP 3. CPI 4. CPM 5. INC Won 0 0 6 157 82 0 6. JD 7. SAP 29 292 12 217 288 5 16 Total 859 245 34 23 21 18 57 39 STATE PARTIES 8. FBL 9. RSP Total 0 REGISTERED (Unrecognised) PARTIES Seats Contested Won Seats Contested Won 10.

There were 2 contesting candidates in one constituency. The maximum number of candidates in a constituency was 16. 4. The total electorate was 2,87,74,443. 35,011 polling stations were set up for casting votes by voters. 1,70,63,160 electors voted during the elections. 30% 5. The poll was by and large peaceful. Repoll was held in 48 polling booths of 9 Assembly constituencies due to booth capturing, etc. The counting of votes in respect of all constituencies was taken up on 8th 6. March, 1998. All the results were declared without any problem.

1998. The Model Code of Conduct was brought into force by the Commission throughout the country to ensure level playing field between contesting candidates and political parties. A special problem was brought out that due to the constitutional provisions, some of the State legislatures had to meet within a period of six months, when the Model Code of Conduct was in force. , The Commission, while appreciating such apprehension, was also conscious of the sanctity provided under the Constitution to constitutional bodies, likt>, the State Legislature.

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