Political drama picks up as 3 states get into Assembly poll mode

Agartala, Jan. 12: The final electoral rolls for 2013 Assembly elections in Tripura were published this morning by chief electoral officer Ashutosh Jindal at the state secretariat.

According to statistical data provided by Jindal in an interaction with the media, the total number of voters in the final rolls stands at 23,52,505 of whom 11,64,656 are women.

"The salient feature of the final electoral roll is better sex ratio. In practical terms, this means 964 female voters per 1,000 males, one of the highest in the country. The sex ratio in the draft electoral rolls published in September last year was 958," Jindal said.

He said that there had been a variation of altogether 1,21,349 voters in the final roll compared with the draft electoral roll. "Our data shows that altogether 75,090 new voters have been enrolled as part of the final roll while names of 46,259 fake, dead and Bangladeshi voters have been dropped," Jindal said. He added that the net addition to the final roll from the draft stage was 3.3 per cent.

"As per norms set by the Election Commission, despite publication of the final electoral roll any eligible voter can have his name enlisted provided he files an application within January 17 with papers and records as thereafter it will not be possible.

"The most heartening thing is that we have 100 per cent photo identity card coverage which will facilitate easy franchise and there will altogether be 3,018 polling stations across the state," Jindal said, adding that if necessary "auxiliary voting centres" would be added. The commission is also trying to introduce exclusively women-run polling stations in Agartala town.

Before interacting with the media, Jindal held meetings with representatives of CPM, CPI, BJP, Congress, RSP, Forward Bloc and other parties and handed over to them the final electoral rolls in compact discs (CDs).

To help voters inform the election department about their problems, a toll-free helpline, 1950, will be reopened and it will remain operational from 10am to 8pm.

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