Tripura assembly elections 2023: 80% voter turnout recorded, polling ‘largely violence-free’ | Tripura Election News


NEW DELHI: The Election Commission reported that there was “largely no violence” during the Tripura assembly elections on Thursday, and migrant Bru voters were able to cast their ballots for the first time in many years.
In the voting booth, it appeared that 80% of the eligible voters were present. Final attendance figures would be available by Friday, it stated.

According to EC officials, no complaints demanding repolling were received so far.

Tripura CM Manik Saha casts his vote

Tripura CM Manik Saha casts his vote in Agartala on Thursday. (Photo: Twitter)
“There have been no reports of any major violence or attack on candidates or (polling) agents, intimidation of voters, throwing of bombs, repoll (or) damage to EVMs. As against 168 repolls in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, today’s polls in 60 assembly seats in Tripura have been largely peaceful with no (demand for) repoll reported so far,” the poll panel said.

Female voters showing identification cards in North Tripura district

Voters show their identification cards as they wait in a queue to cast their votes at a polling booth in North Tripura district. (PTI photo)
“Minor instances” of violence which were reported were promptly looked into by local teams, it said.
For the first time in many years, Bru migrant voters were able to exercise their franchise. Special efforts were made to enrol voters from the Bru community. Some 14,055 eligible Brus were enrolled in the state in 12 locations. They cast their votes at these locations spread across four districts.

A 25-fold increase in seizures amounting to Rs 44.67 crore was recorded this time as against the 2018 assembly elections, when the figure stood at Rs 1.79 crore.
Increased seizures were witnessed under all heads – cash, liquor, drugs, precious metals and freebies.

The EC referred to a statement of Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar that violence before, during and after elections is left only in a few states and there is no place for poll violence in a democracy.
(With inputs from PTI)


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