Balloting was held in 59 of the 60 Assembly constituencies. Polling was deferred to March 12 in Charilam (Reserved-Tribal) seat due to the death of sitting MLA and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma.
A strict eye vigil is being kept across the strong rooms at Umakanta School to maintain transparency for free and fair election. It is to be mentioned here that the EVMs are kept in the strong rooms of Umakanta School.
He further informed, "191 VVPAT and 148 EVM machines were found technically glitched from different corner of the state today and later those were replaced and pit in place."
As Sunday's voting to elect 59 of the 60 members of the Tripura Assembly passed off peacefully, the ruling CPI-M and the BJP exuded confidence of an electoral victory in the northeastern state.
"Over 75 per cent electorate had cast their votes till 4 p.m. Though the pre-scheduled voting hours ended at 4 p.m, a huge numbers of voters were still in queues at a large number of polling stations across the state," an Election Department official told
An election department official said that snags in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) attached with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) in over 150 polling stations, resulted in slow balloting across the state.
"There were technical glitches in EVMs and we have had difficulty in about 3% of the total voting machines across the State which were later put in place getting those replaced with fresh EVMs," CEO
Meantime the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti informed, "there were no incidents of violence reported anywhere in the state and the polling is in underway in peaceful manner."
Meantime the Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, also MLA from Dhanpur assembly constituency today morning and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Biplab Deb has cast their vote today morning.
Tripura is the first of three states in the Northeastern region of the country which goes for poll today using first of its kind VVPAT machines apart from EVMs.
"Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of many polling stations well before polling opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 4 p.m.," said Sriram Taranikanti, the Chief Electoral Officer.
In India's 65-year-long electoral history, the country's dominant Left party, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), has never been in direct confrontation with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Altogether 300 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed on election duty and have already dispersed for their duty zones. Adequate central paramilitary forces (CPF) and state police were deployed across the state.
The poll personnel’s have already collected their poll materials from the strong room and have moved ahead towards their stations to conduct a free and fair election on February 18.
"Health services in Tripura are in a pathetic condition. Crime against women has been increasing without any check," Gandhi said, urging the people to vote for Congress candidates in Sunday's poll.
He also informed, "As part of close vigilance in and around the vulnerable spots, CCTV cameras are being installed." He assured of absolutely free and fair election.
The ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and its rivals, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Trinamool Congress, have been organising road shows and poll campaigns using vehicles colourfully decorated with flowers, balloons, party flags and festoons.
"When terrorist outfits realised that their demand of 'Sovereign Tripura' would never be accomplished, then the IPFT raised the separate state demand to drive a wedge between tribals and non-tribals," said Sarkar.
The third smallest state Tripura is set to go on polls on February 18, 2018. A total of 297 candidates are in the fray this time, up from 249 in 2013.
The Election Commission has issued extensive guidelines to ensure prohibitions during the period of 48 hours beginning 5 PM today until the conclusion of assembly polls on February 18 in Tripura.
Mr. Modi alleged, “The Left front government led by Manik Sarkar has looted crores of money from the centre in the name of development.” Adding to this he alleged, “Out of every Rs 100 spent in Tripura, the Centre is giving Rs 80. Still, there is no development in Tripura.”
Of the national parties, the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has this time fielded seven women candidates, followed by Congress with five, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with four while the Trinamool Congress has fielded two women.
The ruling CPI-M had fielded Ramendra Narayan Debbarma for Charilam (Scheduled Tribe) seat. However, he died at the Gobinda Ballav Panth Medical College and Hospital here on February 11 following a massive cardiac attack.
“During the last 25 years the Left front government and the communist party has deprived the people of this state and lead terror all around to vote in favour of them,”