The Election Commission of India on Wednesday ordered re-polling at 168 booths in West Tripura constituency. The repolling is scheduled for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections, i.e. May 12, from 7 am to 5 pm.
The poll body declared the voting held at these polling booths invalid based on the reports by the chief electoral officer, special observer and the returning officer.
“After taking all material circumstances into account, the Election Commission declared under Sub-Sections (2) of Section 58 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 that the polling on April 11, 2019, at 168 polling stations in 1-Tripura West parliamentary constituency against the assembly segments to be void and appoints May 12 as the date and fix hours from 7 am to 5 pm for taking a fresh poll,” an official statement said.
Appointed as Special Observer for Tripura on April 22, Retired IAS officer and former Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi had recommended repolling in 131 polling stations in his report to EC recently, on the ground that the “poll process was vitiated”.
Earlier, Tripura Congress and CP(M) alleged that EC is underpolitical pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP. Both the parties accused the saffron party of misconduct- booth capturing.
The parties also warned to move the Supreme Court if re-polling will not held in at least 850 polling booths.
Earlier, polling in East Tripura parliamentary constituency was also deferred from the second phase, held on April 18, to the third phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 on April 23.