Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Kiran Gitte has issued a separate land line phone, mobile and WhatsApp number for each of the 60 assembly constituencies as part of the strategy to achieve the ‘Zero Polling Violence Mission’.
Political parties as well as the State Election Commission have made complete preparations for the Tripura Assembly elections. The Election Commission has chalked out several strategies. People can participate in the elections fearlessly. Special numbers have been issued. The international border has been sealed till the elections. The state borders with Tripura have been sealed.
On the day of polling, if anyone faces any kind of problem in the voting process, voters are urged to contact these numbers. Opposition parties have demanded the Election Commission to conduct violence-free elections so that people can exercise their voting rights fearlessly.
Kiran Gitte Opinion
Gitte said, voters should vote without fear. In case of any problem, give information on the given numbers. We will reach the spot as soon as possible and deal with the situation as per law. He informed that the commission has designated a civil service officer as well as grassroots police officers for each polling station, especially on polling day, for round-the-clock monitoring.
Whoever commits the offense of booth capturing, coercion, intimidation or coercion, directly or indirectly, of any voter and preventing him from going to the polling station and casting his vote, shall be punishable under section 35 of the Public Act, 1951. Strict action will be taken under A(c).
Kiran Gitte Gives Warning
Giving a warning, Gitte said, the offender can not only be imprisoned for up to three years, but can also be fined. If such offense is committed by a person in the service of the Government, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine.
He said the ECI has ensured a level playing field for all contesting parties. The police are arresting troublemakers and criminals irrespective of their party affiliation. This has significantly reduced the incidents of violence and the Election Commission is working to bring it down to zero for the next two days so that polling can take place in ideal conditions.
February 9 to February 11
Gitte said that from February 9 to February 11, about 8,500 voters with disabilities and above 80 years of age exercised their democratic exercise through ballots. About 56,000 polling and security personnel and other election staff have cast their votes through postal ballots. Sunday was the last day of postal ballot voting.