Tripura sets record of highest-ever 93% voting in country
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As a measure to increase the poll percentage of employees on poll duty, the Election Commission had made special arrangement for recording postal ballot at the polling stations itself.
Shukla said this is the first time such "facilitation" for postal ballot was made by ECI. "This helped in recording 95.6 per cent polling through postal ballot of employees on poll duty," he said, adding that a total of 46,000 employees were deputed on poll duty.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar cast his vote at a booth in Umakanta School in Ramnagar constituency represented by him.
Manik Sarkar, Finance Minister Badal Chowdhury, Higher Education minister Anil Sarkar, TPCC president Sudip Ray Barman, former chief minister Samir Ranjan Burman and President of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura Bijay Hrankhwal were among 249 candidates from 16 political parties whose fate was sealed in the EVMs.
CPI-M, the dominant partner in the LF, contested 55 seats, RSP two and CPI two and Forward Bloc one. Congress contested 48 seats and its alliance partners INPT in 11 and National Conference of Tripura in one.
250 companies of central paramilitary forces were deployed to maintain law and order. The BSF had sealed the 856 km-long border with Bangladesh and deployed additional forces to prevent infiltration.
A total of 30 general observers, 10 expenditure observers, eight awareness observers and eight police observers were appointed for ensuring the conduct of smooth and fair elections in the state.