Over 81 per cent of the total of 13,47,381 electorates voted on Thursday for the first phase of balloting in Tripura West parliamentary seat, officials said.
"After examining the reports of the central observers, DEOs and facts and evidences of the webcasting of polling, decision of re-polling, if any, would be taken on Friday," the CEO said, admitting that there were official reports of some threats and disturbances in some parts of the constituency.
"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 the malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units, said Election Commission officials.
The voting on Thursday began under heavy security at 7 a.m. and officially ended at 5 p.m.
"However, many voters were still in the queue at different polling stations beyond 5 p.m.," a poll official said.
A total of 13,47,381 electorates were eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of the 13 candidates in the Tripura West constituency.
The main contest here is between BJP candidate Pratima Bhoumik (50), Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front nominee Sankar Prasad Datta (61) and Subal Bhowmik (58), who quit the state BJP Vice President's post to become a Congress aspirant last month.
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