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EC likely to announce re-poll at 131 booths in West Tripura seat

AGARTALA, APR 30 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/30/2019 11:21:49 AM IST

The Election Commission (EC), in all likelihood, will announce a repoll in nearly 130 polling booths of West Tripura seat — the highest for any Lok Sabha constituency in the ongoing elections.

According to Indian Express, retired IAS officer and former Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi, who was appointed Special Observer for Tripura on April 22, is learnt to have recommended repoll in the 131 booths, in his report to EC recently, on the ground that the “poll process was vitiated”.

Repoll will be announced once “availability of adequate security forces” on “suitable dates” is worked out by the Commission.

West Tripura voted in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections — April 11. The seat has 1,679 polling booths. EC’s probe found the voting process to be vitiated in roughly 8 per cent of total booths.

Cong delegation meets EC, demands fresh polling in West Tripura seat: 

A Congress delegation met the full bench of the Election Commission in New Delhi and demanded fresh polling in West Tripura seat alleging large scale rigging by the ruling BJP, senior party leader said Tuesday. Elections in West Tripura seat was held in the first phase on April 11.

We met the EC full bench on Monday and demanded countermanding of the elections in the West Tripura constituency because the polls were heavily rigged by the BJP supporters,” Tripura PCC president Pradyot Deb Burman told reporters here.

The Congress leaders who met the EC included Jairam Ramesh, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, party candidate from the constituency, Subal Bhowmick besides Deb Barman himself.

Bhowmik said that the ECI was informed about booth jamming and violence due to which Congress election agents couldnt enter 900-1,000 polling stations out of 1,679 of the constituency where polling was held in April 11.

A decision on it would be taken shortly, Deb Burman said.

After the election in West Tripura, the EC had postponed polling in East Tripura, the other Lok Sabha seat in the state, from April 18 to April 23 saying “The law and order situation prevailing... is not conducive to the holding of free and fair poll”.

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