West Bengal is gearing up for the Panchayat elections, which will be held next month. The West Bengal State Election Commission announced the Panchayat election schedule for 2023 last week.
The last date to submit nominations was Thursday, June 15. The three-tier panchayat polls in 20 districts and two-tier polls in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts will be held in a single phase on July 8.
Voting date and time
Voting for West Bengal Panchayat elections 2023 will be held across the state on July 8. The counting of votes will take place on July 11. The state election commission has announced that voting will begin at 7 am and end at 5 pm.
The last date to withdraw the nomination is June 20.
West Bengal Panchayat Election Schedule 2023
Elections are held for three tiers of Panchayati Raj institutions: Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zilla Parishads. Around 74,000 seats will go to polls in this year’s Panchayat elections.
Currently, there are 825 Zila Parishads constituencies in over 20 Zila Parishads and 1 Mahakuma Parishad, 9240 Panchayat Samiti constituencies in 341 Panchayat Samitis and 48751 Gram Panchayat constituencies in 3354 Gram Panchayats.
The West Bengal State Election Commission has received a total of 2,36,464 nominations for the Panchayat elections. The ruling Trinamool Congress has fielded 85,817 top candidates, while the BJP has fielded 56,321. The CPI(M) has fielded candidates for 48,646 seats, while 17,750 are in the Congress fray.
In 2018, the Trinamool Congress had bagged 95 per cent of the Zila Parishad seats and emerged victorious with 90 per cent of the Panchayat Samiti seats. The ruling party also won 73 per cent of the Gram Panchayat seats.
The 2023 Panchayat elections in West Bengal are crucial as the Lok Sabha elections are scheduled for next year.