Over 11,000 Voters Cast Ballots Through Special Procedures in East Tripura Ahead of April 26 Poll

Over 11,000 voters in East Tripura, India, have already cast their votes through special procedures, highlighting the efforts to ensure inclusive and accessible voting for all.

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Over 11,000 Voters Cast Ballots Through Special Procedures in East Tripura Ahead of April 26 Poll

Over 11,000 Voters Cast Ballots Through Special Procedures in East Tripura Ahead of April 26 Poll

In the East Tripura parliamentary constituency in India, more than 11,000 voters have already cast their votes through special procedures ahead of the April 26 poll. According to Chief Electoral Officer Puneet Agarwal, the constituency has a total of 13.96 lakh eligible voters.

The special voting procedures include home voting for persons with disabilities and those aged 85 and above, voting under the essential services category, and postal ballots. Agarwal stated that over 94% of the voters have cast their votes through these special procedures. Specifically, 4,515 voters cast their votes through home voting for the elderly and disabled, 165 voters under the essential services category, and 6,379 voters through postal ballots.

Additionally, 353 service voters employed with the armed forces have submitted their votes by post, out of a total of 4,682 ballots issued under this category. The total number of Bru voters in the state stands at 17,524, with 16,300 of them set to vote in the second phase.

The East Tripura constituency has 1,664 polling stations, including 61 model polling stations and 67 managed by women. Out of these, 444 polling stations are considered sensitive and critical. To ensure a smooth election process, adequate central armed forces will be deployed, and Section 144 has been imposed in the area.

Why this matters: The high voter turnout through special voting procedures in East Tripura highlights the efforts made by election officials to ensure inclusive and accessible voting for all eligible citizens. The measures taken to address the needs of persons with disabilities, the elderly, and those in essential services demonstrate a commitment to upholding democratic principles.

Security measures have been enhanced, with arrangements for live webcasting in all polling stations. The Chief Electoral Officer also clarified the issue of more than 100% voting in certain polling stations, explaining that it was due to the presence of Election Duty Certificate (EDC) voters who were able to cast their votes in any polling station. Election officials have addressed 14 out of 18 complaints received from political parties, ensuring a smooth and transparent electoral process.

Key Takeaways

  • Over 11,000 voters in East Tripura cast votes through special procedures before April 26 poll.
  • 94% of voters used home voting, essential services, and postal ballots to cast their votes.
  • 353 service voters submitted postal ballots out of 4,682 issued under this category.
  • East Tripura has 1,664 polling stations, with 444 considered sensitive and critical.
  • Election officials addressed 14 out of 18 complaints from political parties to ensure transparency.