AGARTALA, April 10 - Decks have been cleared for polling to the West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency tomorrow as all the polling parties have reached their respective polling stations.
The prestigious Parliamentary constituency, which has been held by the CPI(M) since 1993, is all set to witness a multi-cornered contest this time. Altogether 13,47,381 voters will decide the fate of 13 candidates, but the battle is expected to be confined to three parties � BJP, Congress and CPI(M).
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Tarinikanta, while briefing media persons, said that all arrangements for conducting free, fair and peaceful elections had been completed. �Polling will take place on April 11 from 7 am to 5 pm in all the polling booths of West Tripura LS constituency,� he said.
The CEO said there would be foolproof security to conduct the election as per the guidelines of the Election Commission. �The entire polling process will be brought under webcasting to ensure fairness in the polling process. In sensitive areas, CRPF personnel will conduct patrolling. Videographers will also be engaged in sensitive areas,� he said.
He said sector officers were asked to ensure periodical monitoring of the polling process and all the sector officials would be brought under mobile tracking.
Keeping in mind the inclement weather, the State election panel has taken steps to tackle the situation in case of showers or storm.
In the West Tripura seat, altogether 125 sensitive cluster areas were formed with adequate deployment CAPFs and police for continuous patrolling, said DGP AK Shulka on Wednesday evening.
Apart from these, 166 police mobile teams and 142 drop gates were also established to ensure tight security. Altogether 198 police sector officers were also deployed in the district, who will move across the district with civil sector officers to ensure free movements of voters up to the polling stations.