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By-Elections concludes peacefully with over 85% voters turn out


BY TC News Desk

Agartala: September 05. The by-election which started from 7 AM this morning in Tripura’s Boxanagar and Dhanpur Assembly constituencies, concluded peacefully with 83% voter turn out till 4 PM

Boxanagar and Dhanpur Assembly constituencies are located in Tripura’s Sepahijala district.

Sepaking with reporters District Election Officer Dr Vishal Kumar said that the total turnout in Boxanagar assembly constituency stands at 85.23 percent while in Dhanpur the total voting turnout is recorded to be 81.56 percent till 4 PM. Dr. Vishal Kumar who is also District Magistrate of Sepahijala district said, “As of 1 pm, 60 percent of the voting process has been successfully completed throughout the entire state. So far voting is completed in all the 110 polling stations and it is highly likely that the overall voter turnout will exceed the 85 percent mark. Despite the oppressive heat, polling stations appear to be relatively calm at the moment. However, during the morning hours, all polling stations experienced a significant footfalls of voters.”

He further informed that an incident of poll violence was reported at Taibandal area, a tribal belt of the Dhanpur assembly constituency where two persons have received mild injuries during a ruckus between two groups.

Replying to a query regarding the EVMs and VVPATs, he said, “When the voting was started, we received four calls of technical snags related to EVMs and VVPATs. All those problems have been immediately solved to resume voting”, he added.

Reports of booth jamming emerged in the Taibandal area. Except for a few isolated incidents in specific sections of both constituencies, there have been no reports of widespread booth capturing or violence. To ensure law and order, 15 companies of Central Armed Forces have been deployed.

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