Polling shoots to 89.95%

Tripura, which saw a three-cornered fight between the ruling BJP, Left-Congress combine and regional party Tipra Motha, recorded a voter turnout of 89.95 per cent on Thursday amid sporadic incidents of violence. Results will be declared on March 2 along with the northeastern states of Nagaland and Meghalaya. In the 2018 Assembly election, the overall turnout was 79 per cent.

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A day after Tripura went to the polls, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on February 17 put the latest figure of poll turnout at 89.95 per cent, including 2.19 per cent votes polled through postal ballots.

“Since voters gathered in front of the polling stations before 4 pm (when polling officially ends), they had to be issued tokens and their votes had to be polled as per rules,” CEO Kiran Dinkarrao Gitte said.

He said while 81.10 per cent initial poll turnout figures were received till 4 pm, polling was still going on in 125 polling stations during after-hours and in many of them voting continued till 8 pm.

In the 2018 Assembly election, the overall turnout was 79 per cent.

The polling for the 60-member Assembly is taking place at 3,337 polling stations, out of which 1,100 were identified as sensitive and 28 as critical, Chief Electoral Officer Dinakarro said.

Over 259 candidates, out of which 22 are women, are contesting for 60 seats. Around 28.13 lakh voters, including 13.53 lakh women, are expected to cast their votes. The results of the elections will be declared on March 2.