The SEC confirms that counting of votes will be held on May 17.
Killings, bombing and booth capturing by firearms wielding political goons turned West Bengal's three-tier panchayat polls into a bloodied affair on Monday as violence claimed 18 lives, according to a local television channel.
The state government has confirmed at least six poll-related deaths and as many unnatural deaths not necessarily linked to the election since Sunday night. 568 booths across 19 districts of the state are undergoing re-polling for Panchayat Elections today.
Repoll will take place on Wednesday, and the votes are to be counted on Thursday.
An administrative source pointed out that these were the districts that had reported the maximum complaints of malpractice and violation within a few hours of polling on Monday.
At Bhangar in South 24 Parganas, the police arrested several bike-borne miscreants for allegedly intimidating voters.
On Wednesday, the Union home ministry asked the West Bengal government to provide a second detailed report on the violence during the polls after it found the initial report sent by the Mamata Banerjee-led government "sketchy". Initially, it was decided that repolling would be recommended only in booths were ballot boxes were stolen or ballot papers damaged.
Ray was a teacher in a Madrassa high school in the district and was the presiding officer of a booth at Itahar for Monday's single phase panchayat poll.
The opposition parties accused the Trinamool Congress of orchestrating unprecedented terror on the polling day and alleged the SEC and state administration completely failed to conduct a free and fair election. "Repolling has been ordered in those booths where TMC candidates might lose the polls", CPI (M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty said.
Stating that BJP's win in Karnataka was unparalleled and unprecedented, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the BJP will not allow Karnataka's development journey to be trampled upon. India´s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party blamed West Bengal´s ruling Trinamool Congress Party for the deadly clashes. Let BJP control their own party first, " TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said in a statement. The opposition does not have any base.