AGARTALA, March 7 � With the announcement of Lok Sabha elections, the State Election panel is gearing up for conducting a free, fair and peaceful polls in Tripura.
While the West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency goes to polls on April 7, the East Tripura Lok Sabha constituency faces polls on April 12, according to the poll schedule announced by the Election Commission. The counting of polled EVMs will be held May 16 along with the rest of the country.
The Election Observers are scheduled to start arriving here on March 14. A team of Expenditure Observers would be arriving on the day after notification for election is issued for the West Tripura constituency. Notification for election in the East Tripura constituency would be issued on March 19.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ashutosh Jindal on Friday said a total of 23.83 lakh voters would be eligible to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha election this year. Of the total voters, 12.46 lakh are male and 11.37 lakh female as per electoral rolls published on January 6. The number of service voters stands at 3,259.
The election schedule mandated that nominations can be last submitted on March 21 and March 26 for the two parliamentary constituencies. Nomination papers would be scrutinised on March 22 and March 27 respectively at the two constituencies.
Around 19,000-20,000 poll personnel would be deployed across the State for the coming Lok Sabha election, the CEO said adding that the Election Commission. A special camp for generating awareness among the new voters would be held on March 9.
Additional Central para-military troops are scheduled to be deployed in the State along with the State police and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) in the polls. The State has sought 108 additional Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) companies for conducting the Parliamentary elections. A source in the State Election department said that as many as 35 companies of Central forces would be coming to perform election-related duties in the State.