Tripura gears up for Rajya Sabha by-polls, BJP's search on for suitable face 
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Agartala: Tripura state election commission on Friday announced the schedule for polls to the 20 urban local bodies, including Agartala Municipal Corporation, in a press conference held at the civil secretariat.

The model code of conduct has come into force across 18 out of 23 sub-divisions with immediate effect with the announcement of the polls in the civic body polls.

State Election Commissioner ML Dey announced the poll schedule and sought cooperation from people for the smooth conduct of the polls.

According to Dey, the state election commission will issue the notification for the elections on October 27. Returning Officers will issue the public notice inviting nomination papers the same day.

The process of nomination submission will continue till November 03 next, and the date for scrutiny of nomination has been fixed on November 05. The candidates can withdraw their nominations till November 08 but not after 3 pm.

The polls, if required, will be conducted on November 25, while the voting time will start at 7 am and end at 4 pm. The counting will start from 8 am on November 28. The entire poll process will end on December 4, Dey told reporters.

“With the announcement of the polls, the model code of conduct has come into force, and I hope all the political parties will comply with the rules of the model code of conduct”, said Dey.

To make the poll process transparent, Dey said, the whole poll process would be recorded, except for the voting. On Webcasting, he said, it is yet to be decided but assured that it will depend on the arrangements.

A total of 5,94,772 voters were eligible to cast their votes in these elections but what seemed unique was the number of female voters outnumbered the total male voters in the urban areas. The number of female voters stood at 3,07,077, while the number of male voters was 2,93,979 as per the voter list published in January 2021. Pollings would be conducted in 770 polling stations.

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