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Tripura Assembly Election 2018 updates: 78.56% voter turnout at 9 pm, CEO to order inquiry into EVM malfunctions

Polling began in Tripura amid tight security on Sunday with the BJP emerging as the main challenger to the ruling Left Front, which has been in power in the state for the last 25 years

FP Staff February 18, 2018 21:22:29 IST
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Tripura Assembly Election 2018 updates: 78.56% voter turnout at 9 pm, CEO to order inquiry into EVM malfunctions

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16:20 (ist)

Will complete polling before stipulated time, says Tripura CEO Sriram Taranikanti 

"It is going on smoothly. We hope the momentum carries on," Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti said about the Tripura polls to ANI. "There were a couple of issues in EVMs in the morning. Our team has resolved the issue. We will be able to complete polling before the stipulated time," he added.  

14:01 (ist)

RECAP: Congress does not make 'false promises' like BJP, urges people to vote for it, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi on Friday appealed to the people of Tripura to vote for the Congress to bring good governance, saying unlike the BJP, his party does not make false promises. Alleging that neither the CPM nor the BJP pay attention to development, he said the Congress is the only party which can deliver on its poll promises and will form government at the centre in 2019, reported PTI.

12:38 (ist)

BJP, CPM leaders claim EVM malfunctioning

BJP leader Sudip Roy Burman and ruling CPM leader Krishna Majumder, both candidates from the Agartala constituency, had earlier in the day claimed that voting in a few polling stations in the state capital were held up for more than 90 minutes because of EVM glitches. Additional CEO Tapas Roy refuted the claims and said all voting machines were working.

08:55 (ist)

Amit Shah confident of BJP forming next government in Tripura

On 12 February, BJP president Amit Shah asserted that the BJP would form the next government in Tripura which would be the 20th state to be ruled by the saffron party, PTI reported.  Shah assured the voters that the promises made in the party's election manifesto released on Sunday would be implemented.

"Seeing the atmosphere and campaigns after visiting various constituencies, I am rest assured that the BJP would form the next government in Tripura and it would be the 20th BJP ruled state," Shah told a news conference in Agartala.

07:51 (ist)

Tight security in place in Tripura ahead of polls 

Tripura chief electoral officer Sriram Taranikanti said that Director General of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) RK Pachnanda has been appointed as a special observer to coordinate the security forces deployed in the state. State Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla said tight security measures are in place across Tripura for free and fair elections. Three hundred companies of central armed forces have been deployed across the state along with state armed personnel and the police, he said, adding the BSF is keeping keep close vigil along the 856 kilometre long India-Bangladesh border in the state, PTI reported.

07:44 (ist)

First direct confrontation between Left and BJP

The CPM is confident of retaining power in its bastion of Tripura in Sunday's Assembly elections and achieving a turnaround in the Left movement across the country, though the BJP is battling tooth and nail to oust the Left Front government. In India's 65-year-long electoral history, the country's dominant Left party, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), has never been in direct confrontation with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

07:31 (ist)

Election postponed in one constituency due to death of CPM candidate

A sitting CPM MLA and candidate in Charilam in western Tripura died on Sunday evening due to cardiac arrest, an official said. "The sitting MLA and Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate for Charilam (Scheduled Tribe) seat, Ramendra Narayan Debbarma, died at the Gobinda Ballav Panth Medical College and Hospital, where he was admitted in the afternoon with chest pain," an Election Department official said. The official said the election in Charilam would be countermanded as per electoral laws. 

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Feb 18, 2018 - 21:18 (IST)

Election Commission says voter turnout till around 9 pm stands at 78.56 percent. EC added that voting is still underway at a few polling stations. 

Feb 18, 2018 - 20:19 (IST)

Officials confirm 76 percent voter turnout in Tripura 

At least 76 percent of over 25.73 lakh voters exercised their franchise for the Assembly polls today in Tripura, where the BJP is trying to dislodge the Left Front after an unbroken 25-year stint in power, officials said.


The Election Commission said in New Delhi the updated polling percentage was compiled from 41 of the 59 constituencies. At its briefing earlier, the poll watchdog had put the figures at 74 percent. — PTI

Feb 18, 2018 - 19:15 (IST)

76 percent voter turnout was recorded in 41 constituencies, reports ANI 

Feb 18, 2018 - 18:49 (IST)

Tripura chief electoral officer Sriram Taranikanti says he will order an inquiry into the EVM malfunctioning incidents in the state

Input by Prabhu Mallikarjunan/101Reporters

Feb 18, 2018 - 18:44 (IST)

CPM, BJP confident of Tripura Assembly election victory


As Sunday's voting to elect 59 of the 60 members of the Tripura Assembly passed off peacefully, the ruling CPM and BJP exuded confidence of an electoral victory in the northeastern state.


Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tripura unit President Biplab Kumar Deb said, "People want change. People strongly wish for a BJP government in Tripura. It is certain that the BJP will form the next government in Tripura." 


Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) Tripura State Secretary Bijan Dhar said the Left parties were "overconfident" of forming the next state government.


He said CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, "The Prime Minister and other BJP leaders always talk of Digital India, but in today's (Sunday) elections a large number of EVMs-VVPATs malfunctioned to create serious doubts about the high-pitch Digital India campaign," the Left leader said. —IANS

Feb 18, 2018 - 17:49 (IST)

Tripura Congress spokesman Harekrishna Bhowmik criticizes Election Commission for loss of voting time due to EVM malfunctioning at many booths 

Input from Armstrong Chanambam/101Reporters

Feb 18, 2018 - 17:30 (IST)

74 percent voter turnout till 4 pm, says Election Commission 


The Election Commission (EC) said that the poll percentage at 4 pm stood at 74 percent and it was likely to increase as people were still waiting in queues to vote. It added that there were several complaints of malfunctioning of EVMs, many of which were found to be false. ANI reports that 12 ballot units were replaced due to this malfunctioning. "No incidents of violence were reported from anywhere in the state. Two crude bombs were recovered which were disposed off," EC added. The commission also said that in one constituency, polling would be held on 12 March, as it was rescheduled due to the demands of a candidate. 

Feb 18, 2018 - 17:10 (IST)

VVPAT was used for the first time in all the polling booths in Tripura, says Election Commission

Feb 18, 2018 - 16:45 (IST)

Tripura CEO Sriram Taranikanti says polling to continue in many booths. He adds that voter turnout until 3 pm stands at 67 percent 

Feb 18, 2018 - 16:42 (IST)

Polling continuing in certain places in Tripura 


NDTV reports that Election Commission said voting would close at 4 pm. The report adds that voting is continuing in places where people have been waiting in queues to cast their vote, polling will conclude once they all cast their votes. 

Polling began amid tight security in 59 of the total 60 seats in Tripura on Sunday. Polling in the northeastern state has gained a lot of attention with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the main challenger to the ruling Left Front, which has been in power in the state for the last 25 years.

The state has witnessed a high-voltage camping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing as many as four rallies in the state.

Though voting has remained brisk since morning, development is likely to be the deciding factor as voters choose representatives among the 307 candidates in the fray. According to ANI, several voters in Udaipur said on Sunday that they want a government which can provide them with economic development.

The Tripura BJP president  Biplab Kumar Deb voted in Udiapur, while Chief Minister Manik Sarkar voted at a poll booth in Agartala. As of 12 am, the state recorded a voter turnout of 45 percent.

Meanwhile, Modi has urged youngsters in Tripura to come out in large numbers and vote after voting begins in 59 out of the 60 seats in the CPM-bastion. On the other hand, BJP chief Amit Shah tweeted, 'One vote will lay foundation of prosperous Tripura' and urged people to vote in large numbers.

Reports of EVM malfunction has come from various parts of the state. Voting is yet to begin in some of the polling stations in the state. Speaking to Firstpost, Sriram Taranikanti, the CEO of Tripura said, "There were technical glitches and we have had difficulty in about 3 percent of the total voting machines across the State. We have rectified the same and polling is going smooth."

BJP state in-charge of Tripura Sunil Deodhar says he's confident there won't be any instances of booth capturing and reposes faith in the central forces deployed across the state. However, BJP candidates have been complaining of state authorities and CPM cadres threatening voters.

Polling in Charilam Assembly constituency had to be deferred due to the death of a CPM candidate Ramendra Narayan Deb Barma, five days ago. Voting in Charilam Assembly constituency will be held on 12 March. Twenty seats have been reserved for the scheduled tribes.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) is confident of retaining power in its bastion of Tripura in Sunday's assembly elections and achieving a turnaround in the Left movement across the country, though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is battling tooth and nail to oust the Left Front government.

Tripura Assembly Election 2018 updates 7856 voter turnout at 9 pm CEO to order inquiry into EVM malfunctions

File image of Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI and AP

Apart from Modi, several heavyweight leaders of the saffron party took part in the campaign including national president Amit Shah, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Smriti Irani and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Sarkar, who is running for his fifth term as the chief minister, led the CPM's campaign addressing around 50 rallies in the state. Other Left leaders like Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat lent support to the party's campaign.

In India's 65-year-long electoral history, the country's dominant Left party, CPM, has never been in direct confrontation with the BJP. However, political developments in Tripura in 2016 and 2017 have set the stage for their first face-to-face battle as the saffron outfit has emerged as the key opposition party in this Communist-ruled northeastern state.

The Congress' campaign was somewhat subdued with party president Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally at Kailashahar in Unakoti district, about 180 kms from Agartala, on the last day of campaigning.

Altogether, 307 candidates are in the fray.

The CPM is contesting in 57 seats and while the other Left Front constituents, the RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI, in one seat each.

The BJP, which has forged an alliance with tribal outfit Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) has fielded 51 candidates. IPFT will contest in the remaining nine seats.

The Congress is going it alone in Tripura this time and will contest in 59 seats. The party has not fielded any candidate for Kakrabon constituency in Gomati district.

After Tripura become a full-fledged state in January 1972 along with Meghalaya and Manipur, the CPM dominated Left Front was in power since 1978 except for 11 years (1972-1977 and 1988-1993) when the Congress and the breakaway Congress led by five chief ministers ran the state.

There are 25,73,413 electorates, of whom 13,05,375 are males and 12,68,027 women while the number of third gender voters is 11. There are 47,803 new voters this time.

Voting will be held between 7 am and 4 pm on Sunday at 3,214 polling stations of which 47 would be managed by women, election office sources said.

Tripura chief electoral officer Sriram Taranikanti said the Election Commission has appointed police observers, general observers and expenditure observers to ensure free and fair polls.

He said that the Director General of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) RK Pachnanda has been appointed as a special observer to coordinate the security forces deployed in the state.

State Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla said tight security measures are in place across Tripura for free and fair elections.

Three hundred companies of central armed forces have been deployed across the state along with state armed personnel and the police, he said, adding the BSF is keeping keep close vigil along the 856 km long Indo-Bangladesh border in the state.

Counting of votes will take place on 3 March, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Debashish Modok said.

 

With inputs from agencies

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