Tripura Assembly polls: Voting closes with 81.10 pc , says Election Commission

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NEW DELHI: The voting for the Tripura Assembly elections closed at 4 pm, with the voter turnout recorded at 81.10 per cent, informed the Election Commission on Thursday.

A 69.96 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm in the ongoing polling in Tripura for 60 Assembly seats, the Election Commission (EC) informed on Thursday. The voter turnout recorded by the state stood at over 69.96 per cent at 3 pm, 51.35 per cent at 1 pm, 32.06 per cent at 11 am and 13.69 per cent at 9 am.

The fate of the 259 candidates will be sealed in the ongoing polls for 60 Assembly seats. The polls this year are seeing a triangular contest, with the Congress-CPM fighting in alliance and the Trinamool Congress also fielding candidates in several seats. The Tipra Motha, an alliance of regional outfits, is the dark horse in the ongoing election and could emerge as the kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly.

The BJP had declared candidates for 55 assembly seats, leaving the remaining five seats for its ally, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT). The Left-Congress alliance declared candidates for all 60 seats.

According to Election Commission, there were over 28.14 lakh registered voters this year of which 14,15,233 are men, 13,99,289 are women and 62 belong to the third gender. Polling is underway in a total of 3,337 polling stations.

Adequate security arrangements were made for the polls, with 97 all-women police stations. As many as 94,815 voters are in the age group of 18-19 years while 6,21,505 belong in 22-29 age group. The highest number of voters is in the 40-59 age group, at 9,81,089.

A total of 259 candidates across parties are fray for the ongoing Assembly polls. Tripura is the first state to go to the polls this year while polling for Nagaland and Meghalaya assemblies will be held on February 27. Five more states will go to polls this year, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2024. (ANI)

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