More than 80 percent voters casts their votes in the Tripura Civic Bodies Election 2021 held on Thursday. According to the State Election Commission sources the figure to slightly increase after compiling the total of 20 Urban Local Bodies complete voters turnout which will be clear by tomorrow.
While BJP said the elections were peaceful, CPI(M) TMC and Congress said they were “reduced to a mockery” and said they would seek the election commission’s intervention and move the Supreme Court to countermand the polls since “voters’ rights were blatantly scuttled”.
A statement issued by Tripura Police Assistant Inspector General Subrata Chakraborty said, “Except for some stray incidents at Agartala and Melaghar, no major incident was reported from any part of the state. The electors have exercised their franchise freely.” The statement also said there were some complaints of alleged attempts to damage EVMs, obstructions threatening the voters, candidates and polling agents which were resolved by the police through “timely intervention”.
A statement from the police read, “The police arrested 98 persons, including 41 outsiders, 32 supporters of AITMC and 25 CPM supporters from AMC areas, under preventive sections of law for an attempt of breach of peace. Subsequently, they all were released in the afternoon. The overall situation is peaceful. Adequate security arrangements are being made by Tripura Police to ensure peace prior to and during the counting process.”
Meanwhile, CPI(M) sought fresh elections in five civic bodies — Agartala Municipal Corporation and Dharmanagar, Khowai, Belonia, Melaghar Municipal Councils — and repolls in wards 4, 8 and 10 of Panisagar nagar panchayat, 2 and 5 of Sabroom nagar panchayat and ward number 5 of Sonamura nagar panchayat, TMC demanded a complete fresh election.
Meanwhile, CPI(M) sought fresh elections in five civic bodies — Agartala Municipal Corporation and Dharmanagar, Khowai, Belonia, Melaghar Municipal Councils — and repolls in wards 4, 8 and 10 of Panisagar nagar panchayat, 2 and 5 of Sabroom nagar panchayat and ward number 5 of Sonamura nagar panchayat, TMC demanded a complete fresh election. The polling was held across 222 seats in 14 urban bodies, including six nagar panchayats, seven municipal councils and Agartala Municipal Corporation — the only corporation of Tripura.
The polling started at 7 am and continued till 4 pm and long queues of voters were seen in front of many polling centres, owing to which, the polling continued even after the stipulated hours in many places.
There were reports of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) malfunction in eight locations. Officials of the election commission informed they were replaced shortly.