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Full bench of EC arrived, will hold series of meeting

Kolkata: The full bench of the Election Commission, led by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, reached Kolkata last evening to review the preparedness of the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal.

Official sources said, the poll panel will today hold a series of meetings with political parties, state election officials and nodal officers of state and Central police forces. The team will also meet District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police to review law and order.

The full bench would meet the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Director General of Police and other senior officials of the state tomorrow. It would also meet the expenditure officers of all central government departments, besides the officials of banks, railways and airports. The team was in Ranchi yesterday where it took stock of the poll preparations in Jharkhand.

The Bench of the EC will also hold meetings with leaders of all the registered political parties and hear their poll-elated grievances. EC sources further revealed that civil officers such as District Magistrates and Block Development Officers and police officers who were removed from poll duty during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and West Bengal Assembly election in 2016 will not be assigned poll duty in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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