Agartala: The Tripura Unit of Congress on Thursday wrote to the State Election Commission (SEC), expressing apprehension over vote counting for the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) on April 10.
In a letter addressed to the Commissioner, Congress state unit President Pijush Kanti Biswas, said, “I must point out in this context that the conduct of election to the 28 seats of the ADC on 6th April left a lot to be desired as the same was marred by large scale violence, planned blocking of voters from the booths and coercive methods to reduce casting of ballots. Hence, it is now essential that the counting process is completed in a fair and smooth manner.”
He also demanded installing CCTV cameras in all counting centres.
“Security arrangements must be handed over to the central paramilitary forces for fool-proof vigil from beginning to end, and no person unrelated to the official process of counting should be allowed to remain within a four hundred metre radius of the counting halls,” Biswas said.
The party also asked to ensure no unauthorised person in or near the counting hall under any pretext. The counting process should be supervised by IAS or TCS officers as observers in the interest of impartiality and fairness, the party added.
“I urge upon your good self to accept and implement the demands made above in the interest of transparency of the democratic process as also for providing a level playing field for all parties. I hope you will not allow the counting process to be reduced to the unfair and highly irregular process of voting level on April 6,” Biswas opined.
The elections held across 28 elected seats of the 30 member-council, was mainly contested between opposition CPIM, which was in power in the ADC for the last four terms, and the ruling BJP-IPFT alliance, and the Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) – a new alliance of most indigenous parties of Tripura headed by royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarma.