Complaints over massive rigging and booth capturing were received by the Election Commission during the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Tripura on April 11 Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: Following scrutiny of webcasting and video footage in West Tripura, the returning officer (RO) of the constituency has asked the respective assistant returning officers to file FIRs against those involved in booth capturing, mass rigging and other forms of violence, as complained by opposition parties, during the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Tripura on April 11.

Addressing a press conference, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti said that over 800 complaints were received from various sources, starting from political parties to individuals. The West Tripura RO issued a notification to the assistant returning officers (sub-divisional officers) of Mohanpur, Bishalgarh, Sonamura, Udaipur and Belonia to identify the polling agents and file FIRs against those who were involved in the incidents.

Earlier, the CPI(M) had demanded re-poll in over 460 polling stations of the 572 where the Congress party had placed a similar demand after reviewing a party meeting.

Talking further, he said that polling for the East Tripura Constituency will take place on April 23, in which a total of 12,61,861 voters, including 6,37,649 male, 6,20,291 female, four third-gender voters and 3,917 service voters, will exercise their franchise.

“A total of 1,645 polling stations will be set up in 1,349 locations. The number of totally women-managed polling booths will be 30, one each in all the 30 assembly segments. At the same time, 1,940 postal ballots were used on April 12 and 13,” added Taranikanti.

He also informed that the Election Commission will ensure a free-and-fair election in the East Tripura Constituency.

A large number of voters could not cast their votes following the alleged mass rigging and booth capturing incidents that took place in some polling stations on April 11.

The police officers and sector officers have been informed to provide security to the polling agents and the EC will also make sure that all the political parties can appoint their polling agents in every booth.

“There would be three police observers appointed for the East Tripura Constituency in addition to one that is already here in state,” said the CEO.

He also informed that a specific complaint has been received against state Congress chief Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarman which the commission will review and take action accordingly.

The notification issued by the returning officer to assistant returning officers asking them to file FIRs against those involved in booth capturing incidents in Tripura

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