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Tripura State Election Commission announces poll schedule for three tier Panchayat polls
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Tripura State Election Commission announces poll schedule for three tier Panchayat polls
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AGARTALA, June 12 (TIWN): The State Election Commission on Thursday announced schedule for the coming three-tier Panchayat election in Tripura. Polling for 591 gram panchayats, 35 panchayat samities and eight Zilla Parishads would be held on July 15; counting of votes cast in the poll process would be held on July 18, State Election Commissioner Yatendra Kumar said here today.

Addressing the media at the civil secretariat this afternoon, State Election Commissioner Y Kumar said that notification for filing nomination papers would be issued on June 16. Nomination papers can be filed from 11 AM till 3 PM till June 23. All submitted nomination papers would be scrutinized on June 24. Candidates would be allowed to withdraw nomination papers latest by June 26, Kumar said.

Model code of conduct for the Panchayat polls was imposed with immediate effect from the announcement of polls. The code of conduct would be applicable across the state irrespective of areas under gram panchayat or civic bodies, the official said.

State Election Commissioner Y Kumar further said that all three tier Panchayat bodies of the state would go to polls on July 15. Polling would start at 7 Am and will continue till 4 PM on the day. He added that counting of cast votes would be held from 8 AM on July 18. The entire Panchayat election process would be completed by July 27. Tenure of the incumbent elected public representative bodies in three tier panchayats of the state is slated to end on August 06.

Asked about security situation ahead of the Panchayat polls, the Commissioner said, “We have informed the state Home Department and the Director General of Police (DGP) that we would need armed personnel in all polling stations on the date of poll. Police authorities informed us that they would be able to deploy 12,000 armed personnel for poll purposes straightaway”. He added that the Home Department recently wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seeing forty additional companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel.

Kumar said that the SEC would be happy to have four thousand CAPF personnel under the 40 companies sought from MHA would be required at the least for conducting the polls. He added that strong rooms would be guarded by central forces till the date of counting.

The Commission would oversee by-election in three civic bodies alongwith the three tier Panchayat poll process as well. “By elections would be held to fill up casual vacancies of municipalities and Nagar panchayats simultaneously with the general election of panchayats”, Kumar said. Ward no. 19 of Udaipur municipal council; ward no. 5 (women reserved) and ward no 8 (ST, women reserved) from Sabroom nagar Panchayat and ward no. 11 from Ranirbazaar nagar Panchayat would undergo by-election during the process. Five polling stations were selected for conducting the by-polls.

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