Agartala, Apr 01 : About 39,077 new electorates including 17,346 female, age between 18 and 19 years would decide the fate of 23 candidates contesting for two Lok Sabha seats of Tripura in two phases of polling on April 11 and 18 next. After sealing the inclusion of new voters, the figure rose to 26,05,325 for the Lok Sabha election this time, said Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti here today.
He said the commission has decided to set up at least one polling booth fully managed by women polling and security personnel in each of the 60 assembly segments. Bordowali constituency under West Tripura parliamentary constituency has emerged with the highest ratio of female, whereas Rajnagar assembly under East Tripura registered the lowest, Taranikanti said.
“In Bordowali 1077 female voters registered against each thousand of male electorates and Rajnagar registered only 878 female electors against 1000 of male voters. Similarly, highest number of polling booth is set up in Badharghat with 71 and lowest polling booths with 44 in Charilam under West Tripura,” CEO stated.
In terms of voters Badharghat of West Tripura with 58,073 voters appeared as highest voter constituencies and Karbok under the East Tripura with 35,508 voters appeared as lowest voter constituency this time, Taranikanti said, adding that ECI has set up altogether 1679 polling booths in West Tripura and 1645 polling stations in the East Tripura parliamentary constituency.
Referring to the allegation and counter allegations of violence ahead of polling in Tripura, he stated that the commission has been taken a serious note on the latest happenings and urged all the political parties to restrain their cadres and allow parties to propagate their agenda to the voters. “We have an elaborate meeting with all the security agencies and their top bosses and made them clear to be very strict and meticulous to ensure peaceful and fair electioneering. There are some allegations of dereliction of duties on the part of security forces and the commission made them cautioned to be neutral in performing duties,” Taranikanti underlined.
The CEO further pointed out ECI has already enhanced security of the candidates in their escort, movement road and public meeting venues. The security has been deployed in each and every village area assessing the necessity and every day situation has been analyzed and wherever requires deployment is increased.
“To monitor the performance of security personnel and requirement of deployment, ECI has appointed Central Police Observer in the state and apart from that commission has used a number of apparatus to keep eyes on the performance of police and security personnel. We are committed to ensure zero violence election in Tripura,” he mentioned.
Aiming to ensure, fair and violence free polling ECI has decided to go for 100 percent webcasting of the polling booths without hampering the secrecy of voting. The internet service providers have already been given the list of polling booths asking to ensure signal at the station so that CEO office, ROs and AROs can monitor polling in each of the stations.
In the polling stations where number of voters is high there will be fixing of camera in double direction to see the queue management of the booths. The performance of security personnel and polling staff of each of the booth would be monitored centrally on the polling date and if required commission will make arrangement of reinforcement or redeployment of manpower.
“All the police stations were asked to execute all the pending warrants issued against the criminals in their respective limit and detain all the suspected trouble mongers. Police is instructed to publish the list of criminals in public places to make people alert about their movement,” Taranikanti added. (UNI)