Tripura registers 11 per cent of vote within first two hours

Vastavam web: About 11 per cent of Tripura’s electorate had cast their vote within the first two hours in the state Assembly elections which began at 7am today, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Tapas Roy said.Elections are being held in 59 out of the state’s 60 Assembly constituencies. The election in Charilam constituency was postponed following the death seven days ago of CPI(M) candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma.The voting process, however, got delayed in some booths of West Tripura, Khowai, Unakoti districts as election workers could not connect the EVMs or electronic voting machines, he said.

Roy refuted the claims and said all voting machines were working.State Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla said security measures had been put in place across Tripura for the Assembly polls.The BSF has been asked to keep a close vigil on the 856-km-long India-Bangladesh border in Tripura and 300 companies of central armed forces along with state armed personnel and police have been deployed across the state to ensure free and fair polls, he added.