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Over 78% voting recorded in Tripura LS polls (Evening Lead)

IANS  |  Agartala 

Over 78 per cent of the total of 13,47,381 electorates voted on Thursday for the first phase of balloting in West parliamentary seat in Tripura, officials said.

A said after receiving the final reports from all the district magistrates (district electoral officers), the polling percentage might be increase.

In Tripura, the final polling percentage of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls was 85 per cent.

No major incident except a clash between the and (BJP) workers in Charilam, in district, was reported, said a

Ten people were injured in the incident, said

"At some places, people tried to prevent voters from voting but were thwarted by the security personnel," Chakraborty told IANS.

Voting was temporarily halted at some polling stations due to malfunctioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and the (VVPAT) machines, said officials.

The voting for one of the two parliamentary constituencies of began amid heavy security at 7 a.m. and officially ended at 5 p.m.

"However, many voters were still (beyond 5 p.m.) in the queue in front of some polling stations in different districts," the said.

A total of 13,47,381 electorate are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the electoral fate of 13 candidates.

A total of 1,679 polling stations, including 30 managed by only women polling officials and security personnel, have been set up.

The main contest is between BJP candidate Pratima Bhoumik, 50, Communist Party of (Marxist)-led Left Front candidate Sankar Prasad Datta, 61, and Subal Bhowmik, 58, who quit the BJP's Vice-President's post and became the aspirant last month.



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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 18:46 IST