BY TC News Desk
Agartala, October 19, 2022: TIPRA Motha on Wednesday organized protest rally-cum-mass deputation against the delay in Village Committee elections across the state. In this event, leaders, EMs and MDCs of TTAADC along with office bearers of various wings participated. The two-page memorandum has been addressed to the Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya through various BDOs in the ADC areas throughout the state.
The letter reads “A division bench of Tripura High Court comprised of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice SG Chattopadhyay on July 13 last issued an order urging the State Election Commission and the state administration to complete the election procedure in 587 village committees under the TTAADC within the first week of November. However the SEC gave excuse related to upgradation of electoral rolls and mentioned that 21,703 new voters belonging to the migrant BRU/REANG community from Mizoram will be deprived from voting as they have been permanently resettled in Tripura.”
“After hearing both sides the High Court added that the election to village committees is long and overdue and holding of timely elections is a basic feature of democracy and instructed the state administration to notify the date of election at the earliest and finish the elections within the first week of November 2022. Now, the State Election Commission is extending the dates of the elections on the pretext that in spite of the said efforts by the Chief Electoral Officer, Tripura, it is reported that only 6,052 of BRU/REANG migrants could be enrolled till October 15 last out of total 21,703 eligible voters. Therefore, a large number of eligible migrant’s voters are yet to be enrolled in the electoral rolls of the state assembly constituencies. The State Election Commission is not only absconding from its responsibilities but also committing the contempt of directions given by Hon’ble High Court”, the letter added.
The leaders of TIPRA Motha is now demanding for conducting the elections on all Village Committee seats restricting those villages and seats where the electoral rolls are incomplete.