Agartala: A team of the Election Commission of India (ECI) is scheduled to arrive in Agartala on Sunday to make a review of the poll preparedness by the chief electoral officer (CEO) of Tripura for the two Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Speaking to the reporters, CEO Sriram Taranikanti said that the ECI delegates will visit the state on Sunday and review the overall development and preparations undergoing in the state prior to the elections on April 11 and 18 this year.
He further said that the delegation would be led by deputy election commissioner Sudip Jain, and they are likely to hold a meeting in Agartala with officials of the Tripura election department. He also informed that the delegation would discuss election-related matters with bureaucrats as well as district magistrates and police officials.
“They will discuss poll-related matters and preparedness with the election department officials and civil and top police officials here. If time permits, they may also have brief meetings with the representatives from different political parties,” Taranikanti told reporters.
The CEO said that 500 companies of paramilitary forces would be deployed in the state for free and fair elections. On January 16, the ECI published the final roll of 25, 98,290 voters in Tripura.
In a news conference, Taranikanti said that as per final roll, there are 25,98,290 electors in Tripura. There are 13, 17,150 male voters and 12,81,127 female voters and 13 voters of the third gender.
“During a special summary revision, 55,969 names were added and 18,719 names deleted. The roll has registered 1.45% net increase in comparison to the draft electoral roll published in September last year,” Taranikanti said.
During a special summary revision last year, the ECI deleted 34,845 names. Tripura has two seats in the Parliamentary elections of which election for the West Tripura constituency would be held on April 11 and the East Tripura (ST /reserved) constituency would be held on April 18.