Polling for the 59 0f 60 seats in Tripura began early from Sunday. Total 50% polling recorded in the state till 2 pm. The elections are crucial for CM Manik Sarkar who is seeking a fifth straight time mark. Manik Sarkar has been chief minister of India since 1998. Manik belongs to a Communist Party background, and he is also a Politburo Member of Communist Party of India. There are total 25,73,414 electorate, out of which 13,05,375 are males and 12,68,027 women. Total 47,803 new voters quoted by PTI this time. The CPI(M) has 57 candidates while the other parties the RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI are contesting in one seat each with CPI(M). The BJP is contesting on 51 seats while other are contesting from its ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT). Congress.
In the 2013 and 2008 Assembly polls, Tripura scripted a record in the electoral history in India by casting 92 per cent and 91 per cent votes respectively. An election department official said snags in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) attached with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) in over 150 polling stations. The PM Modi had appealed the people of Tripura to come out to vote. BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav says We are confident that people will listen to him and join us in our slogan of ‘Chalo Paltai’.
Tripura chief electoral officer Sriram Taranikanti says he will order an inquiry into the EVM malfunctioning incidents in the state. Total 76 percent voter turnout was recorded in 41 constituencies. Which means Manik will complete his fantastic-five show. The results will be out on March 3, the same day when results of the Meghalaya and Nagaland assembly elections will also be announced.