Election Commission has sent notices to BJP and Congress for violating the model code of conduct. The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer has issued notices to the Tripura Congress and BJP in connection with their tweets appealing for votes from their official handles after the Model Code of Conduct came into force.
Over 81 per cent polling was recorded in Tripura for the assembly elections till 4 pm amid tight security and sporadic violence. Election officials gave this information. There have also been several incidents of attacks on political workers and intimidation of voters and disruption of elections. People started reaching the polling booths even before 7 am. Long queues were seen at many polling stations during the day. A lot of enthusiasm was seen among the elders and the youth who came to vote for the first time.
Several opposition party workers were reported injured in the attacks in South, Gomti, Sipahijala and West Tripura districts. Main opposition CPI(M) alleged that BJP workers evicted polling agents of candidates in more than 25 polling booths in four districts. The EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines), where they were not working properly, were immediately replaced by the engineers, the election official said.
259 candidates including 31 women are in fray in Tripura
The CEO said that a total of 259 candidates, including 31 women, are in the fray for the election to the 60-member House, and the ruling BJP has fielded the highest number of candidates, 55, followed by the CPI (M) (43), Tipra Motha Party ( 42), Trinamool Congress (28), and 13 Congress candidates are in the fray, besides 58 independent candidates and 14 candidates from various smaller parties.
Notice to BJP-Congress, news of sporadic violence
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has sent notices to BJP and Congress for violating the Model Code of Conduct. The Chief Electoral Officer’s office has issued notices to the Tripura Congress and the BJP in connection with their tweets appealing for votes from their official handles after the model code of conduct came into force.
Continuously increasing vote percentage
People started reaching the polling booths since morning. People were waiting for their turn in long queues. The voter turnout till 9 am was 13.92 per cent. After this, at eleven o’clock this percentage reached 31.12 percent. After this the polling percentage increased to 51.42 per cent till 1 pm. By 3 o’clock this percentage increased to 69.96 per cent. And till 4 in the evening, 81.10 percent people in the entire state exercised their votes.