EC team holds meeting with political parties regarding fake voters

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Agartala, Nov 26 (UNI) The ruling CPI(M) in Tripura today urged the Election Commission (EC) to take legal action against the voters, who allegedly enrolled their names by producing fake certificates, while the Opposition - Congress and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) - demanded review of the electoral rolls before final publication.

Official sources said a four-member EC delegation held a meeting with Congress Legislator Sudip Roy Barman and INPT MLA Nagendra Jamatia, who had alleged that a large number of fake names had been included in the electoral rolls, besides multiple entries in the electoral rolls.

Meanwhile, the EC team, comprising Mr Tapas Kumar, Mr R K Srivastav, Mr R J K Rao and Mr Asish Chakraborty, expressed satisfaction over the performance of the state Election department, saying, ''Tripura has set an example for the entire country by covering 100 per cent photo electoral rolls.'' Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, CPI(M) state secretariat member and party spokesman Goutam Das said an eight-point charter of demands was submitted to the commission, which included the demand to ensure the voting rights of the motor workers, since a large number of vehicles would be used in the elections.

''We have also identified that a good number of tribal voters were shifted from their home constituencies following extremist threats during which a few fake names were included in the list by the Opposition,'' Mr Das alleged.

However, Congress Legislator Sudip Roy Barman alleged that the ruling party had manipulated the electoral rolls for their partisan interests.

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