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55% votes cast in Tripura West re-poll till 2 pm

IANS  |  Agartala 

Over 55 per cent was reported at 168 polling stations till 2 p.m. during re-poll on Sunday in the West parliamentary constituency, election officials said.

According to the of Police (Southern Range) Arindam Nath, in 26 Assembly segments was peaceful with no major incident reported from anywhere in the constituency.

began at 7 a.m. and will continue till 5 p.m.

A total of 141,251 voters, including 69,328 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise. Thirteen candidates, including a woman, are in the fray.

Over 7,000 security personnel belonging to central paramilitary and State Rifles have been deployed to ensure free and fair re-poll. Returning said at the polling stations only paramilitary troopers were deployed.

"Braving soaring summer temperatures, people exercised their franchise with huge number of paramilitary troopers guarding the vote areas," Singh told IANS.

Singh, the District Magistrate and Collector of the West district, said in view of the rising temperature and humidity, the administration had arranged temporary sheds and drinking water for voters.

According to the Meteorological Department, in the past one week the maximum temperature has been hovering around 38 degree Celsius, four-five degrees above the normal.

said no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the poll-bound areas spread across four districts. "Snags in voting machines halted polling in few places for a while, but these were corrected soon," Chakraborty told IANS.

The (EC) decided to conduct re-poll in 168 polling stations in 26 Assembly segments due to electoral malpractices during voting in the first phase on April 11.

Allegations of malpractices, intimidation and violence forced the EC to appoint former as and the poll panel removed Returning and of Police (Law and Order)

An unprecedented number of election officials were suspended and a large number of FIRs were filed by the Returning Officers against micro observers, polling officers and political activists who either indulged in malpractices or remained mute spectators during this period.

Meanwhile, the and the are seeking directions from the to hold fresh polling in the entire Tripura West Lok Sabha constituency.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 16:30 IST
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