AGARTALA, June 12 � Before the dust of the Lok Sabha elections has barely settled, the Left ruled Tripura goes to another battle of ballots for the three-tier Panchayat � Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zilla Parishads.
In 591 Gram Panchayats, there will be 6,111 seats, while there will be 419 seats in 35 Panchayat Samitis and 116 seats in eight Zilla Parishads. Submission of nomination papers will be from June 16 to 23, while scrutiny would be done on June 24. The last date for withdrawal of nomination would be June 26 while the elections will be held on July 15. The counting would be held on July 17 next.
Declaring the election schedule, State Election Commissioner (SEC) Y Kumar on Thursday said the three-tier Panchayat elections would be held on ballot paper unlike Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
Altogether, 11, 08,188 electorates are eligible to cast their votes in the election. Of the total valid voters around 51.54 per cent are male.
To ensure free and fair elections, the SEC would deploy 12,000 armed police forces to man 2,615 polling stations. Besides, the State Government has sought 40 companies of additional Central forces from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Kumar said the model code of conduct has come into effect from today itself and will remain in place till July 27.
To take the views of the political parties, an all-party meeting was held on Wednesday. In the meeting, the opposition parties have sought election should be conducted under the surveillance of Central forces.
The State Government had already sought force from the MHA but there is no confirmation of getting additional forces from the Centre. However, the State police will mobilise �own resources� to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections, he said.