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Tripura panchayat polls likely by end of July or first week of August: State Election Commissioner | Northeast India news

By Vaseline Jun10,2024

Panchayat elections are likely to be held in Tripura by the end of July or the first week of August, though the schedule is yet to be finalized, State Election Commissioner S. Chaudhuri said on Monday.

“The Panchayat elections are likely to be held in the first week of August as the current parliamentary term will come to an end. Our proposed date for the panchayat polls will be the last week of July or the first week of August. We will take the file to the state government and after approval we will announce the date,” Chaudhuri told reporters, adding that the commission had finalized 2,650 polling stations in 35 blocks and published draft electoral rolls.

As per the draft lists, 12,95,086 voters are eligible to cast their votes in the panchayat polls to be held for 6,370 gram panchayat seats, followed by 423 seats in 35 panchayat samitis and 116 seats in eight zila parishads. The The electoral lists will be finalized on June 24.

“We have to print 55 lakh ballot papers. We are also in contact with the government press. They agreed. It takes almost 10 to 12 days for printing,” he said.

When asked about the security deployment for the elections, he said the committee would discuss the issue with security agencies after announcing the election manifesto.

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In 2019, when the last gram panchayat elections were held in the state, the BJP won 86 percent of the uncontested seats and votes were counted amid clashes between the Congress and BJP supporters at Kailashahar in Unakoti district. The party won the Panchayat elections.

While the opposition CPM claimed that it could not field candidates due to the violence unleashed by the cadres of the ruling BJP, the saffron party hit back saying that the communists were crying foul as they were unable to find anyone to speak on their behalf wanted to participate in the elections.

The Congress had said most of its candidates had to move to undisclosed locations in Agartala after fleeing their villages due to threats – an accusation the BJP dismissed as ‘politics of fear-mongering’.

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First uploaded on: 2024-06-10 21:19 IST

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