Agartala gears up for Tribal Council Polls


Agartala, (Tripura): For the first time electronic voting machines are to be used in the district council elections in this remote state of Northeastern India. The crucial elections to the autonomous district council (ADC) for indigenous people will take place on May 3 and counting will be taken up on May 6.

The announcement was made by state electoral officer S.K. Rakesh who has also enforced the code of conduct from March 31 both within and outside the council areas.

It’s a tough exercise, especially because there is a militancy factor to be reckoned with as well.

According to the election schedule announced by Rakesh, notification for elections will be on April 4 and the last date for filing nominations is April 11.

Nomination papers will be put to scrutiny on April 13 and the last date of withdrawing nominations is April 16.

Elections will be held on May 3 between 7am and 5pm while counting will be held on May 6.

“This is the first time that the elections to the ADC will be held through EVM machines which is expected to ensure early casting of votes; there are 28 elective seats in the ADC and the total number of polling stations is 1,071. Two polling centres in North Tripura district will have 80 booths while two polling centres others in Unakoti district will have 85 booths. There will be 246 polling booths for six seats,” said Rakesh.

He said as the booths are deep in the interiors, number of polling stations has been increased to thwart any threat by militants.

Rakesh said district magistrates of eight districts would supervise election preparations in their respective districts.  There is an electorate of 758,554 for the upcoming ADC polls. Of them, 383,437 voters are males and 375,117 are females.

“The gender ratio in the electorate is more or less okay, but our main task is to ensure free and fair elections,” he added.

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