Tripura: Over 90% voting recorded in re-poll at six centres
Agartala: Over 90 % turnout was recorded on the six polling stations the place re-polling was held on Monday.
The re-polling was held after the Election Fee (EC) declared void the polling at these centres on February 18, a senior EC official stated.
“Out of the 5,582 voters in six polling stations, over 95 % voters forged their votes immediately (Monday) within the re-polling at these polling stations,” Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti stated.
No untoward incident was reported from anyplace within the six polling station areas unfold throughout six meeting constituencies, Taranikanti stated.
One such polling station falls in Dhanpur phase (in western Tripura’s Sepahijala district), from the place Chief Minister and Communist Celebration of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Manik Sarkar is contesting.
The CEO stated the Fee has additionally issued order that throughout the counting of votes on March three, the slips of VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails) of seven polling stations in seven Meeting constituencies even be counted, since their Presiding Officers didn’t get clearance from EVM (Digital Voting Machines) management items for the votes forged throughout the obligatory mock ballot earlier than the beginning of precise polling on February 18.
The EC has additionally advised the Tripura CEO that in 4 different polling stations in 4 Meeting seats, the overall variety of citizens didn’t match with the overall variety of votes recorded.
“The Election Fee has additionally requested the Returning Officers of those 4 Meeting constituencies to not declare outcomes with out prior permission, if the successful margin is one vote,” Taranikanti added.
CPI-M Tripura State Secretary Bijan Dhar earlier criticised the Election Division for what he known as “felony negligence” concerning polling on February 18 in 59 of the 60 Meeting seats.
“Because of technical issues in EVMs-VVPATs, the voters suffered inordinate delays in casting their ballots…(in some instances) until February 18 midnight. This occurred due to the incompetence and apathy of election officers,” Dhar stated.
Dhar stated he got here to know of technical glitches in EVMs-VVPATs at round 520 polling stations by way of his celebration’s polling brokers, and demanded a probe.
The CEO earlier stated that 191 (6 per cent) VVPATs and 89 (5 per cent) EVMs malfunctioned throughout the state throughout the polling on February 18.
Tripura Pradesh Congress Vice President Tapas Dey, with out naming the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP), stated that the officers of Election Fee and the state Election Division had been biased in favour of a specific celebration.
Over 92 % of Tripura’s 2,536,589 voters forged their votes in Sunday’s peaceable elections in 59 of the 60 Meeting seats, setting a brand new document within the electoral historical past of India.
Within the 2013 and 2008 meeting polls, Tripura registered 92 % and 91 % voting, respectively.
(With IANS inputs)