Tripura registers record 84 percent polling

April 24th, 2009 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, April 24 (IANS) Tripura has registered a record 84 percent polling in Thursday’s parliamentary elections to two Lok Sabha constituencies, officials said here Friday.
“Braving summer heat and security threats, 84 percent of the 2,082,265 voters, including 1,016,559 women, have cast their ballot across the northeastern state,” said Dilip Acherjee, additional chief electoral officer.

The Tripura elections would decide the electoral fate of 19 candidates, including a woman and four independents.

In the 2004 parliamentary polls, the state witnessed 67.08 percent voting.

“Apart from technical trouble with electronic voting machines (EVMs) in some polling stations, voting was absolutely peacefully with no untoward incident reported from anywhere in the state,” Acherjee told IANS.

According to another poll official, in Thursday’s second phase of polling in 12 states (in 140 parliamentary constituencies), polling percentage was highest in Tripura.

“In the first phase of elections (April 16) another northeastern state Nagaland had also registered 84 percent polling for the state’s lone Lok Sabha seat,” the official said.

The official, quoting Election Commission statistics, said that in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections Nagaland had recorded a highest 91.77 percent polling.

In the first and second phase of current general elections, the turnout was 62 percent and 55 percent, respectively.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar congratulated the people for the high voter turnout.

“With this record percentage of polling, it was again established that the people of Tripura have a very high democratic consciousness and responsibility,” Sarkar said in a statement.

He said this was the highest percentage of voter turnout in Lok Sabha elections since 1952 general elections in Tripura.

The Left-ruled Tripura made electoral history when a record 93 percent votes were cast in last year’s election to the 60-seat state assembly. Tribals and non-tribals, including those in militancy-ravaged areas, cast their ballots even after midnight in that poll.

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