EC wants to make Tripura model for election

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Agartala, Nov 27 (UNI) The Election Commission of India(ECI) has sought help from all political parties to set an example of model elections in next year's Assembly polls in Tripura, the only state in the country so far to have cent per cent photo electoral rolls.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Election Commission secretary Tapas Kumar, who led the four-member EC team to the state, said that besides a few demands, the political parties had some complaints related to the photo electoral rolls.

Mr Kumar informed that soon after their arrival yesterday, the Commission held meetings with representatives of three political parties in the state, including the ruling CPI(M) and opposition Congress.

''We have received complaints from political parties on the rolls and these will be verified properly to make the rolls error-free,'' Mr Kumar said and expressed satisfaction over the achievement of cent per cent photo electoral rolls.

The EC team, including Mr R K Srivastava, Mr R J K Rao and Mr Asish Chakraborty, besides Mr Tapas Kumar, arrived here yesterday and after meeting the representatives of political parties they started visiting different parts of the state to enquire about the complaints.

He, however, made it clear that the purpose of visit was to examine the photo electoral rolls but not review the election arrangement because all the political parties had complaints regarding the inclusion of voters on the basis of false certificate, duplicate voters and controversy over the voting rights of state's security personnel.

The ruling CPI(M) in the state had urged the Commission to take legal action against the voters enrolled by producing false certificates, while opposition Congress and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura(INPT) demanded review of electoral rolls before the final publication of voters' list.


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