On Tuesday, the Election Commission of India has announced that the elections in Tripura (East) Lok Sabha seat will be rescheduled from April 18 to April 23, claims the prevailing law and order situation there was not favorable to gold free and fair elections.
Referred to reports of State Chief Electoral Officer and Special Police Observer, the election body said that “the law and order situation prevailing… is not conducive to the holding of the free and fair poll.”
The Returning Officer had also feared that “miscreant elements” may thwart the election process in the constituency. Based on the intelligence and ground reports, he had a plea for posting of additional Central Police Force, it claims.
Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti informed, “Everyone saw what happened during polling on April 11. I have traveled to different districts and saw videos where activities, which were against the rules of Election Commission of India, were seen.”
Mr. Taranikanti continued, “We have forwarded those details to the Election Commission. We hope to develop law and order situation conducive for holding the elections on April 23.”
The first round of elections was held on April 11, CPI(M) and Congress have asked for re-election in 460 polling booths on the ground of rigging.
Tripura Congress Chief Pradyot Kishore Debburman has welcomed the decision of the Election Commission.
“Election was blatantly rigged at West Tripura Lok Sabha elections on April 11. Tripura Congress leaders along with All India Congress Committee (AICC) legal team complained to the Election Commission about it. The elections were not free and fair. We welcome the decision of ECI,” added Mr. Debburman. the